International Day of Friendship: Friends Forever
Did you know that Winnie the Pooh is the World Ambassador of Friendship? Winnie was given the honour in 1998 by the wife of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. What better way to explain a true friend like Winnie?
Our favourite bear exemplified friendship in every way possible. He showed us that even the tiniest detail counts.
It all began in 1930 when Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark cards, started Friendship day. It was a pleasant day to celebrate friends who have stayed during your lows and successes. Although it was originally intended to be marked on the 2nd of August. A tradition adopted by different nations and continents, it was celebrated on different days until 2011 when the United Nations made July 30th, the official “International Day of Friendship”.
With several distractions taking over the lives of people and some as destructive as poverty and violence, it is a privilege and a blessing to have someone who cares and pays attention to you.
Friendship is the vital bond needed for the longevity of strong ties of trust.
As the United Nations states:
Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.
Reach out to your friend today and celebrate them.