The tenth annual Neighbour Day will be held this Sunday 25th March 2012.
“Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to unite residents of all ages and backgrounds wherever we chose to call home, and to come together with our neighbours for the common good’, said Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt.
“We all need to work together to rebuild our sense of community and build a safer and friendlier neighbourhood. We can all make a start by inviting the people next door and in our street over on Neighbour Day,” said Mr Byrne.
To promote Neighbour Day 2012 Anthony Byrne MP attended a pre-neighbour day BBQ with twenty two others at Ruth Murray and her daughter Jenny Colvin’s home last Friday in Doveton. ‘Firing up the barbie is a great way to celebrate Neighbour Day. I was also impressed with how Ruth and Jenny had converted their garage into a communal space that included tables, chairs, coffee machine, TV, stereo, pool table and an Olympic Games mural, a great space for neighbours to come and enjoy each other’s company’, said Mr Byrne.
For over 13 years, Ruth and Jenny have run an annual Christmas BBQ for neighbours, local community members, family and old friends at their home in Doveton. Over 150 people are invited to the local BBQ, which coincides with their amazing Christmas lights display.
“Ruth and her family symbolize the Neighbour Day spirit –huge pride in their neighbourhood and a commitment to bringing people together to build a stronger sense of community’, said Mr Byrne.
According to Jenny, ‘our neighbours are the main reason for our success…so when we when asked to have a pre-neighbour day event how could we not have a barbaque! We are blessed, the Autumn place shop keepers when they heard about this dropped everything to be here, our butcher (Christian) manager of Jeff’s Meats donated the snags and our baker donated the bread, thanks guys, our two end shops always there when needed’.
Neighbour Day was founded in Melbourne in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop. Since 2003 there have been five principal aims which have shaped Neighbour Day -
1. Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us.
2. Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns.
3. Promote tolerance, respect and understanding.
4. Break down community barriers.
5. Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.
‘When we catch up with our neighbours we are all strengthened and enriched but when we remain isolated from our neighbours we are all disadvantaged. So it is important to connect with our neighbours whenever we get the chance,” said Mr Byrne.
For more information on Neighbour Day visit www.neighbourday.org
Media Enquires: Daniel White (03) 9796 7533