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1st September 2020 - Dear friends

1 Sep 2021

1st September 2021

I started World Letter Writing Day on the 1st of September 2014 in Sydney Australia with the aim of encouraging people, just like you and me to write a letter, even if it was just once a year.

Since then, I have had the great pleasure of visiting schools in Australia, and I’ve been excited to see firsthand how enthusiastic most of the kids are when they are writing letters.

For some it’s a novelty, for others it’s a special time as they are writing to family members, friends and loved ones, and they feel a great sense of pride while writing these letters.
As I type this letter, in my hometown of Sydney Australia, I know that many people are suffering from anxiety in these challenging times, as my state of New South Wales is in another lockdown. I personally have been homeschooling my son for over eight weeks now and he is missing his family and friends tremendously.

However, one of the highlights of being home over the past few months is that we have been able to watch much more of the Olympic Games than we usually would, and now we’ve been watching the Paralympic Games. In fact, my son has been so inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic athlete’s attitude of never giving up and always trying your best that he wanted to reach out to some of the athletes and say congratulations to them.
Last week he picked up a pencil and wrote three letters to three Australian Olympians that competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I was really impressed with his thoughtful questions and how he structured his letters, he knew that his letters were going to be read by these remarkable athletes, so he wanted his handwriting to be as neat as possible.
Today for World Letter Writing Day he is writing to some of the Paralympians, and he’s very excited about them receiving his letters.

I thought for this years World Letter Writing Day that we could write thank you letters to those people in our life that inspire us, they don’t have to be Olympic athletes, they could be anyone in your life that inspires you.

It would also be a great time to write to someone that you haven’t been able to see for some time due to the pandemic, or any other reason. A simple ‘Hi how are you” can make someone’s day.

Whoever you choose to write to this year for World Letter Writing Day will be thrilled that you took the time to write them a letter.

So, I guess the questions is, who will you be writing a letter to this year?
Happy World Letter Writing Day 2021.

Richard Simpkin.
Founder: World Letter Writing Day.


Richard Simpkin - Founder
P.O.Box 344, Rose Bay, NSW 2029 Australia