The true value of grandparents revealed
OLDER people are the cornerstones of our communities - they give back as volunteers, employees, community leaders, carers, grandparents and advocates.
They enrich our communities with their wide range of experience and achievements and play a significant role in the family structure.
Among other things, grandparents are mentors, carers, storytellers and friends.
They dedicate their time to volunteer in our tuckshops, they help with reading groups and they sit on various school committees.
Some grandparents are full-time carers for their grandchildren and help them get ready for school, drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.
I will always be thankful to my parents for helping out by taking on a part-time caring role for my son, Riley, when he was little and I was working part time during the day.
This was not only a huge help to me and my husband, but also allowed Riley and his grandparents to form a special bond and create wonderful life-long memories they still hold today.
Grandparents Day is the perfect occasion for acknowledging the efforts and devotion of grandparents like Riley's, as well as those who are full-time carers for their grandchildren.
This year, Grandparents Day will be celebrated on Sunday, October 30, and schools and community groups across the state will be holding events to celebrate.
To find these events, visit www.qld.gov.au/grandparentsday.
While many families don't have the benefit of living near their loved ones, with the wonders of modern technology, it's now easier than ever to stay in touch.
We can pick up the phone, send a text or connect via social media, but I think nothing beats the charm of mailing a hand-written letter - something I'll be encouraging my children to do this month.
I encourage our community, both young and old, to get out and about on Grandparents Day and take full advantage of the wide range of activities on offer.
It's a way of saying 'thank you' to all grandparents and acknowledging the valuable role they play in our lives in enhancing and supporting our families.