Singleton landmarks to shine blue in global appreciation for healthcare workers

11/5/2020

From Wembley Stadium and Windsor Castle to the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, Singleton will this week join a growing list of global landmarks turning blue in a demonstration of appreciation for front line health care workers.

Lights will shine blue on the renowned Singleton Sundial, as well as the Singleton Civic Centre and Singleton Public Library on Thursday night as part of the world-wide #lightitblue and #makeitblue movement to recognise local health professionals.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore and General Manager Jason Linnane will also wear blue on Thursday in support of the campaign, and are encouraging the people of Singleton to do the same.

You can snap a photo and share it using the hashtags #lightitblue and #makeitblue.

Founded by a collective of events and entertainment professionals, #lightitblue and #makeitblue began in the UK with more than 150 locations going blue to express collective support for the doctors, nurses and health care workers battling COVID-19 on the front line.

“The COVID-19 crisis has implications for all of us in a range of ways, whether it’s financial impacts due to the closure of businesses or homeschooling the kids,” Cr Moore said.

“But there are some people who are working even harder to keep us safe and healthy, and they are the doctors, nurses and other health workers at hospitals and medical centres at all levels in Singleton and across the Hunter and NSW.

“Blue lights and blue clothes are a simple and effective way to literally shine a collective thank you to every one of those people. On behalf of everyone in Singleton, I offer them my wholehearted appreciation.

“And with some easing of government restrictions also coming on Friday, it’s also a great way for us to all recognise our own effort to maintain social distancing practices and take action for the greater good of our community – which in many cases has meant many of us haven’t left home except for essential purposes.”

Mr Linnane said with restrictions still in place, photos of the Sundial, Civic Centre and Library bathed in blue will be posted Council’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on Thursday night.

“We’re very proud to be part of this campaign to add Singleton to a worldwide movement of appreciation, but the most important thing is to make sure the messages gets to our health workers right here in Singleton and the Hunter who are supporting our community,” he said.

For more information, visit www.nhsmakeitblue.org and www.makeitblue.us or search #lightitblue or #makeitblue on Facebook, Instagram, tiktok and Twitter.


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