Unite Against Loneliness
"Unite Against Loneliness," was a campaign that aimed to raise awareness about the concerning rise in loneliness, magnified by the global pandemic. Recognizing the existing struggles of older individuals with loneliness and isolation, we sought to address these emotions intensified by the past year.
As an integral part of our campaign, we encouraged New Zealanders to unleash their creativity and craft heartfelt Christmas cards, becoming beacons of comfort for those feeling alone. By reaching out to friends, family, classmates, colleagues, and community members through messages, emails, or letters, we fostered connections and combat isolation.
Through the unwavering support of each participant, we have distributed nearly 10,000 cards over the past 3 years, effectively reaching individuals in need through Age Concern centers nationwide and St John. The heartfelt gratitude expressed by the recipients is a testament to the remarkable impact our Voices of Hope community has made, spreading joy during the holiday season.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following individuals, organizations, and schools for their contributions and support:
• AMP • Queenspark School • Claire B • Big World Wheels • St Paul's College Ponsonby • Kelsey H • University of Canterbury • Avonside Girls' High School • Eryn B • Brianna P • Wellington East Girls' College • Cassie M • Caitlin C • Mind & Body West Team • Shona H • Amanda • Bailey S • Evie J • Owairoa Primary School • Michelle G • Amelia H • Remuera Primary School • Penguin Books • Jasmine R • Olivia A • Emily L • 8's Enuff • Glendowie School • Georgie • St Therese School • The Park ELC • Linwood Avenue School • Emma W • St John • Awaruku Pippins • CFU Auckland • Wellington Central Baptist Church • Mila B • Maysie L • A. Goedhart • Amiee W • Murrays Bay Intermediate
Their involvement and support have been instrumental in the success of this campaign, and we are grateful for their dedication and contributions.