Tidal Wave of Waving Heading for Tailem

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Waving – Bob Shurville of Tailem Bend, wearing his personally made “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” t-shirt with his photo bobbing mate, Don Green of Tailem Bend, as their Tailem Bend Historian group begins to ride the town’s nationally recognised “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” tidal wave, Old Tailem Town, Wednesday June 28, 2017.

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Beginning as a humble, simple mental health initiative, after an address by a community member at a local Lions meeting late last year, Tailem Bend’s infectious “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” campaign has touched the hearts of millions around Australia.

With the support of the town’s local magazine “Tailem Topics, Fairfax Media’s Murray Valley Standard, ABC Radio Adelaide, the Seven Network’s local Adelaide “Today Tonight” and national “Sunrise” morning program (Along with more recent radio stations, magazines and newspapers) the campaign committee is planning on holding a community meeting to see how they can defend their reported “Australia’s Friendliest Town” title as a waving tidal wave from other communities heads towards their town.

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Tailem Topics Editor, Barbie Power of Tailem Bend, proudly holding an issue of her town’s popular magazine that launched the town’s “Gidday – Wave for Wellbeing” campaign.

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With so many affected by the effects of suicide and forms of depression, volunteer and Editor of Tailem Topics, Barbie Power of Tailem Bend, has been deeply moved and heartened by the amount of support.

“We started waving when out and about and my husband Glenn, a keen photographer, decided to take some photos to publish in the Community’s magazine and on Facebook – it’s been amazing how the campaign has taken off.”

“Looking back, I suppose, it’s no wonder that this simple campaign has captured so many hearts.” “So many in our communities have been affected in one way or another by suicide and it is a real challenge for our Town’s committee to take on such an emotionally charged and wide spread issue.” Barbie said.

With suicide prevention high on all community leader’s agendas, the group has definitely hit a raw nerve with their painless, low cost way of engaging the community.

Essentially waving and saying “Gidday” gives anyone the excuse to converse without feeling like an extravert and it definitely brings others out of their shell – helping them feel a part of their community.

If you would like to lend your support, phone 0413 645 099 or email Glenn Power on choppower@bigpond.com.

Like all great ideas it’s simple, you just have to wave  – preferably with a smile and a “Good-Day” and it will not cost you a cent.

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Saying “Gidday”, the Tailem Bend Historians (Peter Squires, Angie Tomkinson, Geraldine Dickson, Bob Shurville, Glenn Power, Doris Connolly, Helen Bowering, Peter Connolly and Don Green all of Tailem Bend)  sharing a “Wave for Wellbeing” after their June meeting and watching interesting 1940 News Reels at the Wonderview Cinema, Old Tailem Town, June 28, 2017.

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