Our new survey shows one in three Australians felt alone last festive season. Let’s change that. Half of those who felt isolated said it was because friends and family were far away.
So we’ve launched our Season of Belonging appeal. The good news is seven out of 10 people have plans for these festive holidays but those who felt lonely last year are less likely to have plans. As the country embraces a wonderful spirit of generosity, let’s harness that and start doing small things to make everyone know they belong. This can include giving someone a compliment who might need it or being kind on social media.
LEFT: Youngsters turned out for the annual Fairfield Christmas trolley drive this month, walking and pushing donations in shopping trolleys to the Uniting Church. Picture: Simon Bennett
While many people do feel positive and grateful at this time of year, about one in two feel they don’t have the same rich social connections everyone else does. Our experience shows us a connected community makes us stronger, more resilient and more likely to bounce back from adversity. We see that in emergencies when people have someone to call on when disaster strikes.
Red Cross volunteers will be standing by many Australians on Christmas Day, making phone calls in the morning for the isolated and elderly, through to having lunch with someone who might not have family, to being the person to turn to for help should disaster strike. I’m calling on the Lucky Country, where things are good for many, to spread a little kindness in their own communities and beyond.
JUDY SLATYER, CEO, Australian Red Cross
Many residents don’t know that heavy vehicles – trucks and buses – aren’t permitted to park overnight in built-up areas. This illegal parking should be reported to your police service, leaving a request for a feedback call.
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Thanks ever so much for the generous support of our Peace Comes to Liverpool exhibition at Liverpool Regional Museum that you and the Champion have given over the last three months. Those museum staff with long memories said this exhibition was the most-publicised of any they’ve held.