After two years of La Niña onslaught, the rains have eased significantly for the Northern Beaches in 2023. Except for one Tuesday two week’s back, when almost without warning, the rain hit our homes with sudden and intense force.
Cromer resident Mari Silvestri found herself in big trouble.
“As much as we tried to stop the water coming into the house, it eventually did, as much as 12 inches. We thought we had lost everything including our cat Lucky, who, as her namesake describes her, lived through it,” she recalls.
“Our neighbours showed up during the storm in almost waist deep water trying to help my partner and I clean the drains. If we have to move i hope we find something close by because the friendships we have made here is incomparable to anything I have experienced in other communities,” says Mari.
That’s what led Mari to nominate her neighbours for a prize via social media network Nextdoor.
“When we had the floods a few weeks ago our neighbours kindly offered their place to stay, they’ve provided us with food and clothing shelter and completely went out of their way. They’ve just been amazing.”
“As much as we tried to stop the water coming into the house, it eventually did, as much as 12 inches. We thought we had lost everything including our cat Lucky, who, as her namesake describes her, lived through it.”
Her neighbours included Louise Wienholt.
“Well, we love our neighbours so it’s so special that they would think to nominate us for doing something anyone would do if the circumstances were reversed. We are really excited for the nomination and obviously to support Mari and Alex through what is a really difficult time,” Louise said.
Now in its fourth year, Celebrate Your Neighbour showcases the very best in neighbourhood spirit, by championing the people who make where they live a safer and kinder place to call home.
Northern Beaches local and Managing Director of Nextdoor Australia, Jennie Sager, says the competition unearths some unbelievable selfless acts, and in these uncertain times it’s joy to hear positive heartwarming stories where neighbours make a real difference.
“We know connecting with your neighbours helps lower anxiety, feelings of depression and isolation, so what better way to connect with your community than to give a shout-out to someone who goes above and beyond.”
“The best bit is there’s a share of $5,000 worth of cash gift cards for the finalists and with cost of living pressures hurting families across the country, cash gift cards will be a welcomed thank you.”
Each state finalist will receive a $500 gift card with the overall winner awarded a $1000 gift card. The neighbours who nominate the winners will also be acknowledged with a $100 cash gift card.
To enter, simply download the Nextdoor app or go to nextdoor.com.au/kindneighbour and post a story using #KindNeighbour. It’s that easy. The competition runs until March 20 with the winners announced in time for World Neighbour Day, March 26.
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