Neighbours Day invitation

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Gore’s Red Cross Disaster Welfare and Support Team (DWST) is urging people to get to know their neighbours so they can be better prepared for disasters.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa is marked on March 25 and 26.
This year, the Gore DWST is inviting people to join in and get to know their neighbours.
Red Cross DWST Neighbours Day spokeswoman Alison Moore said connecting with neighbours was an important part of building a resilient community better able to cope with disasters.
“When an emergency happens, it is the people closest to you – your neighbours – who will first be able to provide support and may need help.”
New Zealand Red Cross was part of the One Billion Coalition for Resilience, an international movement working to prepare for and reduce the impact of disasters and crises.
Red Cross DWSTs responded to emergencies throughout New Zealand, from natural disasters such as earthquakes to public health emergencies such as the recent campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North, she said.
Red Cross was also working to help New Zealanders build communities better able to cope with disasters.
Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a collaborative campaign organised and supported by Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, the Mental Health Foundation, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand, Christchurch Methodist Mission and Public Libraries of New Zealand.
Thousands of residents, organisations and local government bodies and businesses were involved in bringing neighbours together during the last weekend in March each year.
With support from The Tindall Foundation it was a growing a movement of neighbourliness throughout New Zealand.
“Whether you live in the town or the country, in a flat, a house or on a farm, you have neighbours and knowing your neighbours matters,” Mrs Moore said.
“We believe that every connection you have with your neighbours makes your neighbourhood more friendly, fun and safe.
“We know that stronger neighbourhoods can be part of the successful antidote for many social issues within New Zealand.”
Gore District Council events and promotions co-ordinator Emma Carle said the council supported the Red Cross’ message completely.
“It’s so easy to be connected electronically these days, but sometimes we forget the simple hello over the fence,” Ms Carle said.
For more information go online to www.neighboursday.org.nz or pick up a leaflet from the Gore District Council.
For more information about Neighbours Day and how to get involved, phone Mrs Moore on 0274 352-173.
For more information about Red Cross Disaster Welfare and Support Teams and how to volunteer, visit redcross.org.nz/get-involved/