Can you believe it is October already! With so much going on this month, we thought we would give you a little run down, so that you are your neighbours can start planning.

With OurHood, it’s easy to get your neighbours together. Use OurHood to create and post an event, or go ahead and create a group for anything from charity, to clean ups, to halloween event planning. Unlike other social messaging platforms, you are given the option to opt in and out of groups, and, as all users must be verified, you know you are talking to real neighbours.

What’s On:

 Older Persons Day

International Day for the of Older Persons – 1st October
We are living in an ageing global population. It is estimated that between 2017 and 2010, the number os personas older than 60 will grow by 46%. Older people have a significant role in society – they are leaders, caretaker and custodians of tradition. Yet they are also more vulnerable – to poverty, to disabilities, and too discrimination. This day is a chance to highlight the contributions that older people make to society and increase awareness of both the opportunities and challenges that face them. The theme for this year is ‘The Journey to Age Equality.’

What can you do?
Use this day as an opportunity to lend a hand to one of your elderly neighbours, be that helping with household maintenance, assisting crossing the road, or even inviting them over for a cup of tea. You can even use this as a chance to set them up with OurHood, so that they can stay in the loop for what is going on in the neighbourhood, and stay up to date with crime and safety alerts.

Pride

Pretoria Pride – 5th October
Pride is an international tradition aimed to raise the viability of the LGBTI community. Organised by volunteers, Pretoria Pride takes place annually to celebrate the diversity of this community. There will be a parade, food stalls, a bar, and lots of entertainment including educational talks. It will take place at the Centurion Rugby Club, 5th October from 9am, with the parade starting at 1pm.

What can you do?
If you live in or near Pretoria, you can attend the parade! But if you are not able to make the day there are plenty of other ways to support LGTBTI’s in your community. Two such ways include listening to your LGTBTI friends and neighbours and supporting issues that are important to them, or supporting youth centres in your local area.

Marine Month

Marine Month
National Marine Month aims to create awareness of South Africa’s marine and coastal environments and the benefits that our oceans bring to our nation. Whether you live by the sea, or further inland, everyone depends on the Ocean. Did you know that a healthy ocean generates more than half of the oxygen we breathe? The ocean also regulates our climate and helps to feed us. And its not just the oceans, we depend on the flow of fresh and clean water from the mountains and rivers and estuaries.

What can you do?
* Reduce your plastic consumption
* Use a sustainable seafood guide to help you make informed seafood choices
* Dispose of chemicals properly
* Choose green detergents/ household cleaners – or even make your own
* Buy local and organic when you can
* Swap grass for indigenous plants in your garden – this will both require less water and fertiliser and provide a better habitat for wildlife
* Keep your beach visit clean and/or organise beach clean ups
* Spread the word – let your neighbours know that it is Marine month using your OurHood chat and share the above tips too!

Mental Health Day

Mental Health Month
One in four people are affected by mental health problems, yet we are still afraid to talk about it. This month aims to reduce this stigma, whilst also raising awareness and educating people about it – World Mental Health Day will take place on 10th October. Very few South Africans seek treatment for mental health concerns, and this needs to change.

What can you do?
If you are suffering, do not be afraid to talk to someone, whether that is a friend or neighbour, or a local doctor or clinic. Or if you suspect a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague might be struggling with their mental health, reach out to them and ask if they need help. The simple act of asking, perhaps twice if necessary, can show someone that you do care, and can help them to open up.
We will also be posting a separate blog with more detail on 10 October for Mental Health Day.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa, and the numbers are rising. Early detection is key; research shows that up to 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when the cancer is detected in early stages. That is why we urge all women to do regular self-breast examinations.

What can you do?
For women, it can not be over-stated how important regular self-breast examinations are. Again, we will be posting a separate blog on Breast Cancer Awareness, what you and your neighbours can do to help, and what events are near you, later this month.

Halloween

Halloween – 31st October
Last but not least, no October would be complete without celebrating Halloween! And what better way if there to get to know your neighbours than with pumpkins or witch hats or bed sheets supposed to make you look like a ghost?

What can you do?
There are many ways you can celebrate halloween with your neighbours! Why not use the OurHood app to host a pumpkin carving night, or maybe a ghoulish braai? And with trick or treating becoming ever more popular in South Africa, why not get together with your neighbours to create a safe and fun-filled evening with the family? We will be posting a blog soon with more ideas on how to celebrate halloween in your neighbourhood, along with some key safety tips.

We hope that you have a happy October and make sure to send us your pictures and stories as the month goes on!

Prize

 

Don’t forget, we have an ongoing prize for your #OurHoodStar. If you know of a neighbour who is going the extra mile, or if you think that you yourself may be a worthy candidate, upload your picture/ video to facebook or instagram using the hashtag #OurHoodStar and tag @ourhood so that we can share your story! Did we mention there’s a R250 voucher involved?

 

The OurHood Team 🙂

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