What is Thank a First Responder Day?
Thank a First Responder Day is a day to show our gratitude to those who keep us safe.
Our aim is to involve every Australian in saying thanks. We want to boost the wellbeing of first responders by creating a clear and resounding voice of gratitude.
Thank a First Responder Day is held on the second Wednesday in June each year.
How to get involved
Share a message
Post a message on your social media using the hashtags #FirstResponderDay #PowerOfThanks #TAFRD. Public posts will appear on the Gratitude Gallery. Ready-to-use social media tiles are available on the Resources page.
Host an event
Celebrate our first responders and say thank you to our first responders and their familieis as a group, by hosting an event at your workplace, school or with your community group. Share your messages and photos on social media using the hashtags #FirstResponderDay #PowerOfThanks #TAFRD.
Find your own way to say thank you to our first responders and their families. Write a letter or poem to our first responders, create a video with a group, draw or paint a picture. Activity sheets for children are available on the educational resources page. Share your creations on social media using the hashtags.
Thank a First Responder Day is coordinated by Fortem Australia – a non profit supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all first responder families.
About Fortem Australia.
Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of those who protect, defend and care for our communities, as well as their families. Fortem run free activities for first responder and national security families, with a focus on wellbeing forged through connection. Read more about Fortem on their website or follow them on social media.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
– Dr. William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), author, educator, and motivational speaker.