Spread the street joy
In an effort to raise spirits and brighten the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new initiative is taking off in the Peel region which encourages the community to create rainbows for others to find.
The local efforts have become part of a global movement called the Rainbow Trail, with a Facebook page of more than 100,000 members.
Rockingham resident Laura Green is an avid believer in the Rainbow Trail after finding out about the project from her son’s teacher and has gone the extra mile in support of the project, by covering her house in about 1000 rainbow lights.
“I am completely Christmas mad and so I had these rainbow lights left over from Christmas last year and wanted to use them again in the trail,” she said. “We have also drawn a few chalk rainbows on our driveway and on the top of our fence too.”
Mrs Green said the best part about the trail was how excited her four-year-old son Gus got when he saw the rainbows around the community.
“The only time we are going out now is to walk the dog so I can say to my son ‘let’s go out and see if we can see any of these rainbows’ and he gets really excited about it,” she said.
“Being only four, I don’t think he really knows what is going on, we don’t want to scare him and so I don’t think he has noticed we are doing less than normal.
“He just gets really excited about the idea that each time we go for a walk, we might be able to see more rainbows.
“It is so lovely to see some positivity and families coming together to be part of this project whilst practising social distancing and isolation.”
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby also encouraged the community to paint rainbows wherever they could and said the images had popped up across many suburbs.
“It's a way of spreading a little joy in this time of worry and it’s something that’s positive and easy for kids to do,” he said.
“In times of crisis, we need to have a strong community spirit to show kindness and compassion. It’s a simple gesture with kids and parents painting or drawing chalk rainbows outside their home.
“This is a way of connecting as a community while maintaining a safe distance and expressing hope that we can get through this together.”
Mr Whitby said he encouraged anyone with children in particular to get involved in the movement.
“We can do it safely at home. Rainbows are a symbol of hope and the promise of better things to come,” he said.
“We need that hope now and we need to know that we will get through this.”
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