This year's National Day of Thanksgiving (NDOT) will be on Saturday 25th May. This is a chance for Australians to come together to celebrate our God-given heritage, and to demonstrate the Christian values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards others.

The Governor-General and Prime Minister have now made official statements about the NDOT. Governor-General QuentinBryce says NDOT "is an opportunity for us all to reflect and give thanks for the valued contributions made by our fellow Australians" whilst Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it "provides a unique opportunity to celebrate and honour the contributions of others." Click here to read their statements in full.

There are many ways you can get involved in thanking those close to us and in our communities, but we particularly encourage you to send special NDOT 'thank you' cards to your local MP and show your gratitude for the contribution they make in governing our nation.

If your MP supported the current definition of marriage as between a man and woman, thank them for preserving this important family union also.

NDOT products, including cards and ribbons, have now been distributed to Koorong stores across Australia, and are available for purchase over the counter, or online.

For those unable to access a Koorong store, the products may also be purchased through the NDOT office via email at [email protected] or phone (02) 9939 2133.

Visit the official NDOT website for more information on the products, and on how you can participate in this important day.