It’s Neighbour Day in Toowoomba
Few places in Australia can claim to be as community-minded as Toowoomba.
We may be a regional city, but we still retain the laid back vibe of a rural town. Together we’ve pulled through severe drought, devastating floods, ravaging bushfires and a once-in-a-century pandemic.
Many of us simply couldn’t have done it without the friendship, support and kindness of our neighbours. Now there’s a day to acknowledge and celebrate the relationships we have with those who live around us.
Why Neighbour Day matters
According to Neighbour Day’s organisers, Relationships Australia, connected neighbourhoods are good for both our physical and mental health. When we have social contact with those around, they can ease our loneliness and leave us feeling generally happier, as well as part of something bigger.
Relationships Australia also notes that the reverse is true, saying that 55% of people who ring Lifeline’s helpline have been found to live alone and feel socially isolated and lonely.
Meanwhile, Beyond Blue research shows that lonely people are more likely to report symptoms of depression, are admitted to hospital more frequently, have higher blood pressure and are at a greater risk of heart attack than others.
In other words, we’re much happier and fulfilled when we’re connected with those around us.
This year’s Neighbour Day theme
For 2021, the Neighbour Day theme will be ‘Every day is Neighbour Day’. What that means is that being a good neighbour isn’t just a once-off, it’s something we should strive for each day of the year.
It’s also important that we consistently acknowledge the support of neighbours and others who help us out, particularly when we’re under stress, alone or feeling down.
During this time of COVID-19 restrictions, it’s more important than ever that we take the time to connect with others, check in on how they’re doing and offer to lend a hand (in a socially distanced way, of course). It’s also more important than ever to acknowledge the importance of those around us and the impact they have on our lives.
What can you do for Neighbour Day?
There’s no single way to celebrate Neighbour Day and you can do as little or as much as you like. You could say ‘hi’ over the fence, organise a street barbecue or party, host a picnic or invite the neighbours in for a drink or cup of tea. By doing something outside and in the open, you won’t just be more likely to be adhering to changing COVID-19 regulations, you’ll also be encouraging more people to become involved and feel part of your local community.
If you can’t, Relationships Australia has online Connection & Calling Cards you can print and leave in neighbours’ letter boxes, just so they know you’re there for them.
Neighbour Day in Toowoomba
For us, Neighbour Day is a chance to remind ourselves of just how good it is living in a cohesive, happy, safe and friendly place like Toowoomba. If ever we needed a reminder of just how lucky we are – and how important it is to have each other – these past 12 months have been it.
So Happy Neighbour Day to you all!
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