Take time to reach out this Christmas

As this year finally comes to a close and we gear up for Christmas, I'd like to take the opportunity to wish all your readers a very Merry Christmas and a better year ahead.

This year has been unlike any other we have experienced, and I am proud of the perseverance Australians have shown in the face of the challenges we have endured.

As we enter the festive season, I hope the many that have been affected by the pandemic find relief, especially those who have been separated by border restrictions.

Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ and his message of peace and goodwill.

And while many of us celebrate with gifts under the tree, the most special gift of all is the time spent with family and friends over the holiday period.

This is the true magic of Christmas, a time to stop and reflect on those we hold dear.

Enjoy this time and remember to reach out to those who may need a little extra care this Christmas.

Many this year will be suffering financial challenges or psychological sequelae which they may have never experienced before.

I ask anyone who is able, to support the many community organisations that are working tirelessly to help those in need.

If we all do our bit by making a contribution to one of the many charities, or buy our gifts or food for the festive table from one of the many local small business that have suffered losses this year, we will ensure we don't leave anyone behind.

The Christmas/New Year period is also a busy time of year on our roads, but if we all do our bit to pay extra attention and drive to the conditions, we can contribute to a safer journey for all.

Finally, please spare a thought for our Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas and members of our nation's health network working during the festive season ensuring our nation remains safe and secure this Christmas.

The challenges we face will not dissipate overnight but by working together we will come out the other side of this pandemic stronger.

Here's to a better 2021!

Tony Pasin MP

Member for Barker