AS Cork’s community newspaper, it is our privilege daily to bring you news of the sharing and caring that goes on in our city and county.
We often say that there is not a street, a neighbourhood or a community where we don’t find great stories of Cork people working voluntarily for the common good and helping their neighbours, young and old.
Their actions and leadership provide the foundations on which our society is built. Their spirit is what makes Cork such a great place to live.
That positive spirit, which we believe is the true spirit of Cork, is even more precious in these challenging times and we want to acknowledge and celebrate it.
That’s why you’ll find stories and pictures in our newspaper pages and on EchoLive.ie under the proud badge of Sharing Cork’s Spirit.
Even in the past couple of days, we featured coverage of the team of Cork women, cocooning because of Covid-19, who are busy making masks for healthcare workers.
We have reports every day about our medical and community frontline heroes, and we’ll do our best to mark their incredible ongoing contributions with the coverage they richly deserve.
We also want to continue to bring you the many great stories about people who are making their contribution to supporting community life in a whole myriad of ways, not just relating to the Covid crisis - people who are raising money for good causes or continuing to work for the development and improvement of their local communities.
We have always admired the wonderful work that the Meals On Wheels network does throughout our city and county.
Now many of the volunteers who have given sterling service over the years are cocooning themselves, while others have stepped up to deliver meals to them and hundreds of other senior and vulnerable citizens.
The Gardaí and the HSE workers involved in supporting the scheme, as well as the city and county council personnel, deserve great credit also.
They all show the spirit of Cork.
So too do the sports coaches, clubs and organisations who are keeping up the flow of information, contact and advice to their members, and keeping up the morale and the fitness of our athletes and players, young and not-so-young.
It would be easy now to sit back and wait things out, but that would not be the spirit of Cork.
There are ways to continue to be in touch, to be part of the team, and to do so in a way that is in keeping with the best guidance for keeping us all safe.
Yesterday we featured 14-year-old Ben O’ Regan who has been taking part in Breakthrough Cancer Research’s 2km Lockdown Challenge “The Race That Nearly Wasn’t”. Ben has replaced his beloved GAA by running 2km each day for 20 days within the 2km radius travel restriction of his own home.
Helping to raise money for this local cancer research charity epitomises the spirit of Cork.
These are just a small sample of the many inspiring stories we have for the people of our city and county. We’ll keep them coming in The Echo and at EchoLive.ie. #corkspirit