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Sending A Message Of Hope

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Thursday, 25 June 2020 - 5:30pm

Young people across Golden Plains Shire have written messages of hope to be sent to isolated and vulnerable members of the community.

A new initiative developed in partnership between Council’s Youth Development and Active Ageing and Disability Services teams, the Messages of Hope project will see 150 residents who use Council’s aged and disability services receive a postcard with a message from a young person in the Shire.

The Messages of Hope project was designed to combat isolation through providing some much needed connection and positivity through the written form. Students from Bannockburn P-12 College, and the Meredith and Shelford Primary Schools have all participated, with the postcard recipients invited to reply with what they are most looking forward to doing once restrictions are fully lifted.

Examples of some of the messages include:

  • Remember there is always a rainbow after a storm. Breathe, laugh, relax and smile. Everything is going to be ok
  • You are not alone. Things are getting better each day; even if you can’t see it right now. Have faith that this too, will pass.
  • All you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better. Strength to hold on until it does. I hope you are keeping well and safe. Keep smiling

This afternoon, Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey met with Meredith Primary School students to collect the messages the students had written.

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 Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey with Meredith Primary School students and Principal Steven Trotter. 

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Thursday, 25 June 2020 - 6:10pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.