Sunday 26 March 2017
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.
Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most.
The actual meaning of Neighbour Day is so much more …
Neighbour Day is all about building better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can and do change communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.
We understand that “getting to know your neighbours” is important and we encourage you to hold your own neighbourhood get together on the last Sunday in March. (or anytime around that date).
Register on the Neighbour Day website www.neighbourday.org and receive a Free ekit with resources (invites and tips) to make participation easy. Let us know as well if you are holding a barbecue or get together as we would love to hear your stories.
If you would like some additional tips on how to get started visit www.campbelltown.sa.gov.au/neighbourhoods
2017 Council Neighbour Day BBQ
This year we are holding a joint “Neighbour Day/OPAL Celebration BBQ”
Wednesday 22 March 2017
5.30 – 7.00 pm
Hamilton Tce, Paradise
All welcome - please come along and enjoy a free bbq and go in the draw to win a scooter or a fruit and veg voucher.
Bookings required for catering purposes – please book via www.eventbrite.com.au.
How Neighbour Day began
Neighbour Day was founded in Melbourne, Australia in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home. Andrew Heslop is a community activist, social commentator and well known Australian.
Mrs Elsie Brown had been dead for two years – forgotten by her neighbours, her friends and her family. While Andrew did not know Mrs Brown he was appalled by the apparent ease in which the world had left her behind.
Widespread local and national media interest followed and it was this coverage that prompted Andrew to suggest a ‘National Check on Your Neighbour Day’ in a Letter to the Editor of The Melbourne Age in 2003.
Read more about how Neighbour Day began - www.neighbourday.org/how-it-all-began/.