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Rallying around a cause

It may start with a tragic event: a woman is killed by an automobile while bicycling, and her family arranges a 5K run to bring awareness to the ever-increasing problem of distracted driving.
Or it may start with a rash of news stories, stories about about peace officers being hurt or killed while in the service of protecting the citizen. And, in response, a Lake Marion woman rallies people from across the county to plan a fun night for residents and the peace officers who serve and protect them.
In the past couple of weeks, our staff interviewed and featured people who were impacted by the above-mentioned issues, and rallied to the cause.
Penny Verdeck’s family is planning a 5K Sunday to both honor the memory of this fine woman, community member and athlete, and to bring awareness to the issue of distracted driving.
As of Monday, over 400 people had signed up for the event.
And Judy Peik has tapped into a vast network of friends to bring to fruition her dream of honoring the peace officers in “our little corner of the world.” That event is planned for June 22 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds.
It always amazes us that in these days of general unrest, mistrust of officials, economic ease and other maladies, that private citizens still rise to the challenge to take on a cause and make it a reality.
Both the Verdeck/Meyer and Peik families have tapped into a wide network of friends, allies and colleagues to bring off their events, meeting the daunting challenge of bringing together communities to rally around a cause.
Kudos to them.
And those are just two examples of ordinary people who rise above the trials and tribulations of everyday life to contribute to the greater good.
They are all role models that we can, and should, emulate.
Thank goodness for these citizens. They are the foundation of all that is good in an unsettled world. Let’s support them to the best of our abilities.