Neighbour Day - Australia’s annual celebration of community - brings together like-minded people, resources and organisations to grow stronger, well connected communities. Listen to the heart warming, ‘can do’ attitude of our local team:
‘I’ll see if Community Aid will loan us their bus.’
‘We can make pesto using basil from the garden.’
‘I can be Elsa from ‘Frozen’ and face paint.’
‘Let’s see if the First Nation Dancers can come.’
‘Everything will be delivered down there the day before and picked up on Monday.’
And so it continued. Our simple Neighbour Day event at Hughes Park grew and grew with more social sector groups and volunteers pitching in to make it a great day for the community. Thank you everyone!
Mother Teresa said,
‘I can do things you cannot,
You can do things I cannot;
Together we can do great things.
It’s true for every area of life, but will we take the risk to ask for help? It involves vulnerability on our part to admit we don’t have all the skills and answers for the situation. We may also wonder what price that help may incur.
This risk was worthwhile. The event was so much bigger and better for having collaborative partners. Also there was the relief of shared decision-making, the forging of deeper relationships and increased know-how for next time.
In what area of your life would collaboration make a positive contribution? Choose your partners wisely and just ask. You may be surprised how keen people are to join you. I find Lane Cove a delightfully innovative community where many people want to make a lasting, positive difference for others. In working together we are more likely to find and implement great solutions to complex problems. Let’s transform our world Lane Cove!
The articles here are currently written by Liam McKenna, Lane Cove Community Chaplain.