In the approach to the Day of Action for Neighbours Every Day on Sunday 26 March, we’re asking, what it means to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR in 2023?
We all need a community to be part of; a place where we can belong and know we matter. It’s in this connected, supportive environment that we’re free to discover who we are and what we’re made for; to find our purpose and thrive.
Unfortunately, the experience of a connected community like this is increasingly uncommon for many of us. Isolation and loneliness continue to be the norm. In fact, in 2021 60% of households in Australia were made up of 2 or less people and 26% of Australians were living alone.
Image: Delivering Vegetables from the Fusion Food Relief Vegetable Garden, Hobart TAS
Even now, however, it’s possible for us to bring connection to our neighbours, if we’re willing to take up the challenge.
Over 2000 years ago, a carpenter demonstrated how we can see and respond to the people around us with justice, mercy and compassion. No matter what Jesus was busy with or where he was going, he would stop and take the time to hear, understand and support those in need.
Small Steps, Big Change
Rather than waiting to do something big that will change the world, we can all take small steps to reach out to the people around us. Every small loving action we take will be part of bringing the change to the world that we long for.
Whether reaching out to a lonely neighbour, supporting a mum doing life alone, providing a meal to someone in need, or giving to support homeless young people, our actions can and will make a difference to others.
Neighbours Every Day is an initiative of Relationships Australia. The Day of Action, formerly known as Neighbour Day will be held on Sunday 26 March. It’s an opportunity to reach out to the people around us, to be a neighbour and show some love. Fusion is getting behind it and we’re inviting you to get involved too.
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- Decide what you’ll do…. donate, volunteer, bake a cake, knock on a door, make a call.
- Take action. Remember, one small step will make a difference.
- Tell us what you did! We’d love to hear what you did to Love Your Neighbour this year!
Transformation is possible in our neighbourhoods, if we all take up the challenge to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR this year. Will you join us?
Connect with your local Fusion Centre to find out more about volunteering to help your neighbours.