National Day of Thanks Focus 2019 has not yet been released – Watch this space!
Our Mission Statement, Thanking God . . . thanking each other, is about being thankful. First to God for the Nation we live in and the blessings and freedoms we enjoy. And then to each other – thanking those who have made a difference in our lives and the life of our community. It is to this second part of our Mission Statement that we provide a suggested Focus to help you find ways to say Thank You as you celebrate our National Day.
The Focus for 2018 was
For the Community Focus this year we are Thanking:
People who contribute in a positive way to the vibrant cultural tapestry of Australia.
People in organisations that work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
People who help newcomers to Australia connect into their local communities.
People from different cultural backgrounds who make a meaningful contribution to cohesion in their communities.
People who work in Schools across our Nation.
Public and Private schools including High Schools, Primary Schools, Kindergartens, Pre-Schools and Day Care Centres.
Principals, Teachers, Teachers Aids, Chaplains, Administration Staff, Volunteers, Cleaners and Maintenance staff, etc.
The Personal Focus is ongoing and is about the Unsung Heroes in your life and community.
Who are they? Find people in your circle of friends and community who help others and are seldom thanked for what they do. For young people it may be someone who always encourages others or looks out for them at school. For others it may be a friend, relative or workmate who has made a difference in their life. Write them a letter or give them a National Day of Thanks card and hand deliver it to them if you can. When you say thank you, tell them why you are thanking them. Whoever they are, show them they are appreciated.
As always we encourage you to look for different ways to express thankfulness in celebrating our National Day of Thanks, and also in the way you live.