FEEL­ING GOOD, SYD­NEY

In­au­gu­ral day a suc­cess

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE -

SYD­NEY’S first DoSome­thing Day pushed the city’s feel-good fac­tor through the roof.

The in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive to foster com­mu­nity spirit and vol­un­teer­ing sparked a surge in good deeds – big and small – across the city.

They ranged from buy­ing a cof­fee for a stranger, to bak­ing pies for the home­less, to help­ing out at a school for dis­abled chil­dren – all shared and cel­e­brated on so­cial me­dia in a re­mark­able groundswell of good­will.

Par­tic­i­pants do­nated clothes, food, money and even blood in a demon­stra­tion of the com­mu­nity spirit that typ­i­fies the real Syd­ney.

So many peo­ple were post­ing pho­tos on Twit­ter that the #dosomethingday hash­tag was trending at No. 1 in Syd­ney on the day and at No. 2 na­tion­ally.

DoSome­thing Day was Aus­tralia’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity vol­un­teer­ing and ran­dom acts of kind­ness, a part­ner­ship be­tween News Corp Aus­tralia’s com­mu­nity news­pa­pers and the DoSome­thing char­ity and your lo­cal club.

There were plenty of ex­am­ples of peo­ple throw­ing them­selves into the spirit of the day.

NewsLo­cal edi­tor in chief Kathy Li­pari said the in­au­gu­ral day had been a fan­tas­tic suc­cess.

“It was fab­u­lous to see the way the na­tion em­braced the idea of cel­e­brat­ing the won­der­ful peo­ple who give up their time to vol­un­teer,”teer, she said.

Sharon Lin­de­back, of Mt Druitt Meals on Wheels.

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