Global Care Australia, the social justice and relief arm of Christian Outreach Centre (COC), is launching the first annual National Others Week (NOW) as part of a campaign aimed at developing a greater awareness of, and appreciation for, the people around us in our community.

NOW will run from October 29 to November 4, and will encourage Australians to focus on other people rather than themselves for seven days.

According to Global Care, dedicating one week a year to reminding people to care for others, is a “compassionate and humane answer to the violence, materialism and selfishness of our society.”

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services, launched NOW in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra last Thursday, which was also attended by ACL’s Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton.

“Global Care’s motto is ‘mates helping mates’, and during this very special week, I want to encourage people everywhere to look beyond their own four walls, and just ‘be there’ for someone else – to be a ‘mate’ to them,” Mr Andrews said.