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    If You're In The Mood For Some Good News, Here Are 12 Local Stories For You

    Bloody legends, every last one of you.

    It's been a tough few weeks. There isn't a person anywhere in the world who hasn't been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Here in Australia, we've just come off the worst bushfire season on record, followed by devastating floods.

    But as always, Aussies are pulling through with the fighting and generous spirit we're known for. Here are 12 heart-warming and funny local stories that will make you bloody proud of this country and put a smile on your face.

    1. People are dressing up to take their bins to the kerb.

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    Facebook group, Bin Isolation Outing, isn't going to let the coronavirus get in the way of a good outfit opportunity. People are getting dressed up in the most outrageous, most formal or just downright hilarious outfits to take their bins to the kerb β€” and posting photos and videos to the other 900,000 members of the group!

    2. A small cinema owner continued to pay his casual staff their wages for six weeks β€” despite not being able to screen films, as per social distancing restrictions.

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    David Stone, like other small business owners, is entitled to an emergency financial relief package, in order to help pay rent, electricity and other business expenses, which are now near impossible to cover due to the economic fallout from this pandemic. Rather than do this, he has chosen to spend the full amount on giving his casual staff their usual wages for the next six weeks, despite the cinema not being able to screen movies to create revenue.

    3. A local Facebook group, Adopt A Healthcare Worker NSW Regional, aims to give healthcare workers the mental and practical support that will be necessary to get through these times.

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    Started by a fellow healthcare worker, this Facebook group aims to pair volunteers with those on the frontline of this pandemic. Volunteers then do what they can to alleviate everyday pressures β€” whether it be delivering meals, sewing scrubs, or even just calling once in a while to check on their mental health.

    4. Likewise, Adopt A Nan or Pop pairs seniors with volunteers who deliver basic food and toiletry items to them.

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    This beautiful initiative was started to give the elderly of our community the care and support necessary in a time when simply venturing out into public puts their lives at risk. Over 1,300 volunteers are being allocated different areas, in the hopes that none of the most vulnerable in our community go without their basic needs being met.

    5. Through their #TogetherInArt initiative, the Art Gallery of NSW is bringing short art classes to everyone at home, led by the most renowned of Aussie artists.

    6. Likewise, The Australian Ballet have released a digital season of their most beloved and uplifting productions β€” completely free.

    7. Aussie toilet brand, Quilton, donated one million rolls to those who need it most.

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    Like elsewhere in the world, Australian supermarkets have consistently been cleared of toilet paper. It has meant that often, the most vulnerable have gone without and Quilton wanted to do something about it. From March 24, the company worked with registered charities to ensure rolls went to the elderly, the ill and disadvantaged.

    8. People have been filling windows with stuffed animals, for kids to find on their daily walks β€” inspired by beloved childhood book, "We're Going On A Bear Hunt".

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    Children who might've once got their exercise from ballet or soccer are now depending on daily walks to get their exercise. In an attempt to make it a more whimsical activity for the kids, this Facebook group suggests neighbourhoods work together to infuse some joy into this daily routine β€” already over 20,000 people have joined.

    9. Hobbyists are banding together to make the scrubs that medical staff so urgently need.

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    As a result of the pandemic, shipping times for online purchases have been affected β€” including those for medical scrubs. This Facebook group connects hobbyists and small businesses with medical professionals looking for bright and joyful scrubs to wear in what is a very physically and emotionally demanding time.

    10. Facebook group, Drawings For Oldies, aims to connect the art of young volunteers to Aged Care facilities, bringing joy to local seniors who are being distanced from outside visitors.

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    Members of the Facebook group are uploading photos of their children's artwork, for staff to either print or have sent for hanging in Aged Care homes, hopefully bringing joy to residents. Despite being less than a month old, there are already close to 1,000 members.

    11. Not-for-profit, Alex Makes Meals, has delivered over 2,000 meals, feeding over 600 healthcare workers for free.

    12. And last, but not least, people from this apartment block, led by professional opera singers, sang this heart-warming rendition of "I Still Call Australia Home".

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    Tomas Dalton and Tom Hamilton performed this goosebump-inducing rendition of Australia's low-key preferred anthem, at their Waterloo apartment for their neighbours. Just watch and try not to be moved to tears.

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