THE AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT has been tested over recent times, from floods to bush fires and back to floods. Yet the Australian spirit of mateship, and resilience has shown through. Individuals, communities, the nation and indeed the world have banded together to support, assist and care for those affected by the various events. Reaching out, in big or small ways makes a difference. We may not see or know the difference it makes but be assured every small gesture of friendship makes a difference to someone.