Wahroonga, New South Wales
Kindergarten students at Wahroonga Adventist School have been busy making heart-shaped thank-you cards for local doctors and nurses.
I have learnt over the years that the more I am grateful for, the better life is.
The students presented the card “bouquet” and a large box of chocolates to staff in the children’s ward at the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) in the lead-up to this year’s National Day of Thanks.
Organisers of the Day of Thanks say it’s an opportunity for Australians to thank God for the blessings and freedoms we enjoy as a nation, and to thank those who have made a difference in our lives and communities. This year’s focus is on thanking doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.
Wahroonga Adventist School principal Michelle Streatfeild said they were happy to recognise the work of the San’s staff.
“The doctors and nurses do an amazing job, going about their duties with care and compassion,” she said.
“We are very fortunate to have such dedicated professionals working in our local community. Our school started more than a century ago to provide education for the children of staff working at the San so we have always enjoyed close links. Indeed, quite a few of our former students have worked or are currently employed there!”
Wahroonga Adventist School students say “thanks” to doctors and nurses at Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Former Olympian Elka Whalan, now a TV personality and mother-of-three, is an ambassador for this year’s event.
“I have learnt over the years that the more I am grateful for, the better life is,” she said.
“Being grateful has allowed me to be so thankful in my life for all that comes my way, especially in the hardest and toughest of times. There are so many private moments I have walked through behind closed doors and God has always been there for me as a source of comfort, guidance and reassurance. It humbles me when I read ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13).”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is encouraging everyone to get behind the day.
“A simple and heartfelt expression of gratitude is perhaps the greatest reward for a job well done,” Mr Turnbull said.
“On this special occasion, I encourage all Australians to say ‘thank you’ and to reach out in kindness to all you meet.”
* National Day of Thanks is this Sabbath, May 28. Details: www.austhanks.org.au.