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How are you doing? Need a bit of respite from the COVID-19 news agenda? We know how you’re feeling, honestly. We’ve trawled our websites across Australia to bring you a curated list of the most uplifting stories in the ACM network. Enjoy a five-minute break, have a smile, take a breath and then share with your friends so they can enjoy, too. Well, it’s bin fun Flynn Clifford-Smith has bid farewell to his bin isolation outing alter egos with a royal surprise. The 20-year-old dressed as the late Princess Diana in his final march down the driveway with sidekick dog Terry, giving a wave to his neighbours as he dropped the recycling bin off at the curb. He has dressed as everything from Dorothy to Goldilocks and a bride in the past month but mum Emma Clifford-Smith said Joe Exotic from Netflix series Tiger King was his favourite costume. She said he was hanging up the boots as restrictions were being eased. “He’s stopping because he wants to go out with a bang and before the novelty wears off,” she said. “Would he start up again? He said never say never, so you never know.” Nurses make song and dance about COVID-19 safety Victoria’s Western District Health Service team in charge of Hamilton’s drive-thru COVID-19 screening clinic created a hilarious parody urging people to get tested to the tune of the Village People’s classic – YMCA. The fully-choreographed number was put together by staff member Susie Stevenson. You can check it out here Staff take ‘Blinding Lights’ challenge as a message to students In a mammoth collaborative effort undertaken since the end of Term 1, The Armidale School has taken part in the ‘Blinding Lights’ challenge to say ‘we miss you’ to students. Sure to be stuck in your head all day, the nine and a half minute music video features 75 teachers from all the different sections of the school. Dancing the same moves at home in isolation, in classrooms, hallways and sheds, each clip holds a little bit of the teachers’ personalities, bringing the familiar back to students and families stuck at home. Check out their work here. Sharing the kindness: 200 hampers delivered Colleen Benton is one of many residents across the NSW Central West to benefit from the generous delivery of food hampers this week. As part of its community support program to assist residents through the coronovirus pandemic Cadia has funded the packing of 200 hampers full of local food and produce. The hampers were intended for residents who live around the mine. However some of them kindly donated them to charities or suggested other people in greater need. Cadia acting general manager Aaron Brannigan said several charity groups had received hampers after residents donated them. They included Blayney CWA, Orange Food Bank, Canowindra Foodbasket, Canowindra CWA, Cudal CWA, Molong CWA and Yeoval Health Care Centre. Rainbow message brightens busy courier’s day With more people staying at home and shopping online delivery drivers such as Fastway Couriers Wollongong franchisee Stuart Moore are busier than ever. But imagine his surprise when he was delivering a parcel to a home and noticed a brightly-coloured drawing and message about rainbows from an eight-year-old. Mr Moore was so inspired by the note from Ella-Rae Sullivan he wrote a reply and left it with the parcel. That simple act set off a chain of events that now has other children leaving rainbow pictures in windows to help brighten peoples’ day. “Something so simple from the mind of a child really made me stop and reflect. COVID-19 is causing a surge in demand for home deliveries. I’d been on the road delivering for most of the day and had more deliveries to make, but the message made me smile and take one minute to admire the lovely intention behind it”. Community turns out in force for family’s fundraiser Traffic was lined up for hundreds of metres at the North Goulburn McDonalds drive-through, as the community turned out to support a family in need. The evening capped off a steady stream of customers all day, who came especially to buy Big Macs, with $2 donated from each sale going to a Police Legacy fund set up to assist Hume District Police officer Andrew Raunjak and his family. Constable Raunjak has been caring for three small girls in a unit near Canberra Hospital, while his wife Jocelyn fights for her life following a diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukaemia. If you’re looking to stay up to date on COVID-19, sign up for our twice-daily digest here

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