What an amazing Change Day we had yesterday (16th March 2016). We have surpassed last years total by 30,000.
But numbers are only a small part of the story. We know that many 1000’s of pledges are made all over Australia on leaves and pledge cards and never recorded on-line. What we care about is the enormous wave of enthusiasm and energy that Change Day creates each year.
We heard from people in Townsville, Geraldton, Pt Broughton, the Blue Mountains, Ballarat and Devonport – to name just a few of the places that Change Makers are working to improve our health and care services. There were Change Day forums, seminars, BBQs, parties, paloozas, afternoon teas and lunches. People wrote songs and quizzes, baked cupcakes and cookies, made movies and even took a Pledge Trolley Cam for a ride around a hospital to capture the change in action.
Everywhere we looked there were Pledge Trees. So many Pledge Trees, covered in hundreds of leaves, each containing a pledge. We may never get to read all those pledges and we know 1000’s of them may never be counted in our total and that’s alright by us. Isn’t it wonderful that all around Australia health and social care workers took a moment to think about the work they do and how they might make an improvement .
We were trending on Twitter, right up there alongside #IndianaJones for most of the day. In the last 48 hours we have achieved roughly 2 million impressions on Twitter with our hashtag #changedayaus.
We are delighted that the Minister for Health in Victoria the Hon. Jill Hennessey MP made her pledge along with the CEO of Ambulance Victoria, the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Emergency Medicine and so many more leaders from all over the country.
The good news is that if you or your organisation haven’t made a pledge yet, it’s not too late. You can add your pledge ( and upload a Pledge Photo) anytime up until the end of April 2016.
I hope you had a wonderful Change Day 2016 !
Keep making great things happen,