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Older Australians account for almost one-quarter of people living alone around the country, and many of them feel extremely lonely, anxious and vulnerable.

The ‘1,000 Notes of Friendship’ campaign was launched because we wanted to impact 1,000 lives and let seniors know they matter.

Together we did it! One thousand letters fighting loneliness.

You know how it feels when you get a surprise card, letter or even a little gift in your mailbox?

It makes you feel pretty special, right? That’s exactly how these seniors felt when thousands of community members joined the movement.

We quickly reached our 1,000 target, but the feedback has been so amazing, from seniors and their new pen pals that we don’t want it to stop here and our letter writing program is now here to stay. We want to reach as many isolated seniors as possible and our 1,000 Notes of Friendship is now 1,000+.

So, put your pen to paper and let’s tackle loneliness, one note at a time.

Find out how you can participate

Here are a couple of messages we have received from our seniors

I received the card and my daughter read it to me. We found the card very touching. This card was extra special because it was signed by Darlene. My daughter passed away when she was quite young with cancer and her name was also Darlene. Brought tears to my eyes.

Alice from Hunter Valley NSW

The only person I see is my carer Terre, so I was very touched by the letter I received. I read the letter to all my online colleagues from the Virtual Social Centre.

Kristine from Cessnock NSW

Here’s how

We want your help to send beautiful notes of friendship to Australian seniors to show them we care. It’s the personal touch, from one human being to another. Who knows what difference a simple gesture could make?

Here’s what to do

  1. Take 5 minutes to write a beautiful note of friendship (see below for some tips).

    Return the card to us as soon as you can, at:
    1,000 Notes of Friendship Campaign
    PO Box 585
    Byron Bay
    NSW 2481

  2. We will do the rest, personalising the card for the senior and posting it out to them.

Share your act of kindness! We love seeing photos of your cards, and you will inspire others to do the same. Tag us #1000notesoffriendship and share photos to [email protected]

FAQs and letter writing tips

Click here for FAQs and handy hints for writing your letter