Letters create smiles

All you need is a pen and piece of paper to put a smile on someone’s face.

The latest Brand New Day initiative is encouraging locals to pen a letter to someone in a Macarthur aged care facility to bring a little light to their day.

The Camden-based organisation’s media officer, Melissa Burke, said writing letters was a great way to show our oldest residents how important they are.

“Brand New Day launched this project for the first time this year as we saw a need for the community to connect with our elderly people and senior residents to show them that we care, to brighten their day and to remind them that they are valued,” she said.

We hope the letters will ease their loneliness show our elderly community that someone is thinking of them.

Melissa Burke, Brand New Day

“Australia has one of the highest elderly dependency ratios in the world and many elderly people are being moved into aged care facilities because of ill health and mobility.”

Ms Burke said people in aged care facilities have often lost many of their material possessions from their old homes and frequently lost their long-term partners as well.

She said it is not hard for such people to feel “lonely and isolated”.

“We hope the letters will ease their loneliness show our elderly community that someone is thinking of them,” she said.

“Just to put a smile on their faces would be wonderful – projects like this keep our senior residents involved within the community.”

Ms Burke is asking all Macarthur residents to take some time out of their day to put some words together for a person who will be extremely grateful.

All letters will be distributed to participating aged care facilities within the Macarthur region by a team of Brand New Day volunteers.

Make a difference: Brand New Day member Lauren Radojevic and kids Josie and Alexis are keen to write letters to people in aged care. Picture: Simon Bennett

Make a difference: Brand New Day member Lauren Radojevic and kids Josie and Alexis are keen to write letters to people in aged care. Picture: Simon Bennett

Letters can be about anything, or can simply be drawings from a child.

The organisation has suggested a number of ways the letters can be started, for those who need inspiration: ‘I thought of you today and wanted to let you know...’, ‘You are very special because...’, ‘I felt like saying hello’, and more.

“Anyone of any age can make a Letter of Hope,” Ms Burke said.

“Letters of Hope make a great family community project at a very minimal cost.”

Send letters to PO Box 31, Camden, NSW, 2570 or hand-deliver to allocated tubs at CakeBiz Narellan or King Street Natural Health Centre, Campbelltown.