The Scenic Rim recently lost a truly remarkable man with the passing of Charles Grant, OAM.
Mr Grant was mentor to many of our local councillors, he was instrumental in securing basic public resources for the region, a champion of the arts, staunch supporter of sporting groups and a true leader.
Like most people of such ilk, Mr Grant did all this without many of us even knowing just how much effort he had expended to make life easier for the people of his community.
We’ve also enjoyed some very worthy charity events recently with Beaudesert horsemen and graziers getting behind cancer research, golfers preparing to tee off for a good cause, women making comfort cushions to provide support to breast cancer survivors and an entire town turning pink to raise funds for the Cancer Council.
Behind all these projects and many more, there is an army of volunteers working quietly in the hopes that the rest of us will open our eyes, put our hands in pockets or simply start thinking about someone other than ourselves.
The world would be a harsher place without the passion and determination of those who turn up, roll up their sleeves and get a job done without thought of personal gain.
With supermarkets already selling mince pies and fruit puddings, it seems like the end of 2017 is just around the corner – and where would we be without people like Finella Loch and her Beaudesert Christmas group, working to make sure our town is sparkly and magical for the festive season?
The Scenic Rim is not short on warm hearts, and the fact that many altruistic endeavours in our communities are well-supported demonstrates that we are, by and large, an altruistic bunch.
Although people involved in true social service are not generally prone to chasing recognition, Beaudesert Times does not believe they should remain invisible.
The Times wants to recognise the legends who live among us, and will be acknowledging many of them with a series of stories over coming months.
This week we hail avid volunteer Elsie Wood, pictured, who has spent decades helping the people of Beaudesert and, at age 85, still finds the time and energy to deliver meals to people who may be younger than she is but who have fewer physical capabilities than she does.
Keep an eye out for our profiles on the local legends who walk among us.