Friends of Cape Schanck are local residents who want to help support our local community through advocacy and help build a greater sense of community through projects, family-friendly activities and other social events. We try to create opportunities for neighbours to meet each other and develop friendly support groups.

FOCS is committed to welcoming all people, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status. 

Neighbour day

Why we celebrate Neighbour day​

Neighbour day was founded in Melbourne, Australia in March 2003 by Andrew Heslop. It is now becoming Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.
Since 2003 the evolution of Neighbour Day has been quite remarkable. What started as a warning to check on elderly neighbours has grown into a much wider annual celebration

For the first time in 2008 every Premier and the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory publicly endorsed Neighbour Day. It was supported by the Lord Mayors of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the City of Darwin along with federal, state and local government politicians. The Hon Kevin Rudd became the first Prime Minister to publicly endorse Neighbour Day, which he did in 2009 and 2010.

At a global level Neighbour Day has been endorsed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former President Bill Clinton and HRH The Prince of Wales,now King Charles III who described it as ‘a splendid idea’.

It was through Mr Annan’s enthusiasm that Andrew Heslop was invited to speak about the development of Neighbour Day in Australia at the United Nations in May 2008. Now there are plans to make Neighbour Day a truly global event as an official UN Observance Day following ratification by the General Assembly, which could lead to an International Year of Neighbourliness sometime in the future.

That would be a great development for an Australian idea which started off as a Letter to the Editor following the sad and lonely death of an elderly woman in her home. 

FOCS Neighbour Day 2021

FOCS Neighbour Day 2020

Due to Covid Restrictions there was no Neighbour Day function held at Cape Schanck in 2020. But we still remember the 2019 event and look forward to the 2021 celebration. 

FOCS Neighbour Day 2019

Due to Covid Restrictions there was no Neighbour Day function held at Cape Schanck in 2020. But we till remember the 2019 event and look forward to the 2021 celebration. Oh what a Neighbour day we had. In words of our president “The Gods must have smiled down at us”. We couldn’t have dreamt of better weather. The company was great, food yummy as always and our guests Barry and Karren delivered brilliant presentation both engaging and informative. We met a few new neighbours caught up with usual friends and were even reacquainted with some we haven’t seen for a while. In short it just couldn’t have been better unless we had those who couldn’t make it.)

FOCS's monthly neighbourhood social night

Every third Friday of each month Friends of Cape Schanck invites all members and local residents to join us for our monthly neighbourhood social night. This is our informal event where we hope residents can join us for some tasty treats, a quiet drink and a friendly chat with neighbours old and new. It’s a great way to meet new people or some you haven’t seen for a while in a relaxed environment.

Members Only Events

Periodically we invite FOCS members to join us for a range of events. Those events are free for FOCS members as our thank you for your ongoing support. You can expect a Cocktail Party, BBQ or gathering at Views depending on the situation. We love catering, so you can look forward to interesting and yummy food and great conversations 😊

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