#ShoutoutSaturday 8 – International Day of Happiness, March4Justice, Tumbarumba on Australian Story and our Rail Trail

Welcome to shout out #8 in 2021

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of #ShoutoutSaturday. It’s been a huge week, that’s for sure!

welcome to #shoutoutsaturday
welcome to #shoutoutsaturday

It’s time to share something that’s made you happy! And today is the perfect day to do just that.

1. International Day of Happiness

Did you know March 20 is the United Nations International Day of Happiness? I didn’t know! Apparently it was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012 with the first year of celebration taking place in 2013.

International Day of Happiness
International Day of Happiness

March 20th is the UN International Day of Happiness. With our world facing unprecedented challenges, wellbeing matters more than ever. In these difficult times, let’s take action to be happier and kinder, together.


This is an interesting graph showing the rankings of happiness around the world – it’s based on a variety of areas.

Ranking of Happiness - World rankings
Ranking of Happiness – World rankings

Maybe you can share something that makes you happy on this day of happiness.

Shout out to those making the world a better place through being kind and creating happiness.

2. March4Justice

It has been a huge week with marches taking place around Australia on Monday, just a week after International Women’s Day. The protests were in support of women like Brittany Higgins and many others who have made allegations of rape and inequalities, with #enoughisenough a fitting slogan on the day. You can read more here: March4Justice

This article in The Guardian tells the story well.

The March4Justice women who are raring to rally: A time of reckoning for Australia

The 2021 March 4 Justice (also styled Women’s March 4 Justice) took place on 15 March 2021 across Australia. The protest included a series of events in major Australian cities including the nation’s capital Canberra. Protests occurred in 40 cities in Australia; organisers estimated 110,000 people were in attendance, including the federal opposition leader as well as other politicians from the major political parties.


Had I been in Canberra on the day I would have marched too.

A shout out to all those who protested, the organisers and those who were with them in spirit.

3. Australian Story

This week on the ABC, Magda Szubanski and Will Connelly were featured in an episode of Australian Story, with the unlikely partnership aiming to help our bushfire affected area.

They have visited Tumbarumba and Batlow a few times in the last few months listening to stories and bonding with locals. The aim of their project is to help heal the trauma many are dealing with, using creative arts as a healing tool. Between them both they have raised over $190000 to help with the long term trauma that bushfire survivors often experience.

You can see the full episode here:

If you look closely you can even see me leaning against a tree in the early minutes of the show.

Australian Story
Australian Story

This story is particularly touching and features a comedian, a cocky and egg boy – An Unlikely partnership – some of it is copied below:

Over the roar of the milk frother, the hot tip is: “You’ve got to talk to Macca. He’s a wacka.”

Paul McPherson, better known as Macca, is an old cocky with a quick wit and a broken heart.

So the odd couple head out of town in search of this legend. Having grown up in the area, he might well be able to help get the word out about creative workshops they want to start, and get some healing in the process.

Macca hasn’t heard of Will, but he’s had a lot of laughs watching Sharon Strezlecki in the television comedy series Kath and Kim. Yet when the woman who plays the hapless netballer walks up the driveway, he starts tearing up.

The towering grey-haired 72-year-old doesn’t need to explain how the fire had torched the Poll Hereford stud bulls he’d raised since they were calves. Or the guilt he feels at abandoning them. Or why he insisted on returning to his farm with the vet to put down any survivors so they didn’t die alone.

Macca just hugs Magda like there’s no tomorrow. And she reads every muscle flinch.

“It’s grief and loss,” Magda says. “It’s that deep need to connect. It’s that moment when all human pretence just drops away and you’re just of a couple of people, one who’s been through something really hard, and another who hopes they can do something to help.”

By the time they leave the cattle yard, Macca’s on board.

“This is the generation we’ve got to look after,” he says as he squeezes Will’s shoulder. “We’ve got to leave the country in a workable situation so you people can carry on.”

A shout out to Magda, Will and Macca, the local cocky featured in this story and all the locals in Tumbarumba, Batlow and surrounds, who are suffering the loss and grief of the bushfires of January 2020.

4. Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Family Fun Day

As a committed rail trail enthusiast, the Mathematician and I have been involved as a volunteer with the local Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail for years, along with many of our friends. It’s taken over 18 years to get it up and running and last year our official opening had go be a virtual one due to Covid restrictions.

This will be the 3rd time we’ve tried to have a celebration, so fingers crossed it goes ahead as planned, on Saturday April 10. Thanks to local sponsors we are having free fun activities along the trail for everyone to get involved in.

Here’s our poster for the event:

Shout out to all the volunteers, sponsors and helpers for working on making this 1st birthday celebrations a successful day.

What’s my Shout Out Saturday all about?

Shout Out Saturday is where I invite you to join me, by leaving a link or a comment, to something that has had an impact on you recently. Something fun, something you’ve enjoyed, what’s made you happy lately….

We need all the good vibes we can get at the moment, don’t we?

You can read more about #ShoutoutSaturday in this post

You can leave a link to a post on your blog, or maybe something you’ve read on someone else’s blog, or simply share some good news, something you’ve enjoyed, or watched or you can just drop in to say hello. Join me for #ShoutoutSaturday

Anything really – it’s up to you!

What a huge post today! Thanks for stopping by and joining in, here’s wishing you a great week ahead!

Turning bold!

Deb 🙂

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20 Replies to “#ShoutoutSaturday 8 – International Day of Happiness, March4Justice, Tumbarumba on Australian Story and our Rail Trail”

  1. Hi Deb, your Shoutout Saturday this week has highlighted some very important issues. So much has happened with COVID that we tend to forget about the horrendous bushfires (if we weren’t affected by them) so good to see the Australian Story program. I love the community spirit that shines through you, Grant and the Tumbarumba community. Sending Happy vibes to you on this International Day of Happiness. x

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  2. Hi Deb, I love Magda and it shows her true character that she’s helping in that way. I hope your fun day is a success. My shoutout is for my mother-in-law who is defying all the doctors’ predictions and still going strong. We had her follow-up with the specialist at the hospital yesterday. He gave her a few months to live in 2017 so he’s amazed she’s still here (we all are!). We’re just so happy that my parents-in-law are happy, have great quality of life and still able to live independently. Hope you have a lovely weekend, Christina

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  3. Happy Happiness Day Deb. It’s really well timed to cheer us up at the end of a week that’s been full of heavy and hard to hear news. I thought of you as I watched Australian Story. It was a great show. I did look out for you but missed you near the tree. You should be right for your rail trail celebrations to go ahead this time. Let’s hope so. I have a post coming up next week about our rail trail.

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  4. I did not know about International Day of Happiness, Deb, but will now be ready to celebrate it. Thanks for that video as well, Will is a very strong, principled young man. I was shocked when I saw him almost being choked out. I did see you in the video. Have a great week and stay happy.

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  5. There you are…a ray of sunshine in our lives whilst rain is pouring down …and has been without stop for a day or more. We are safe, and not affected except we are staying home…and put and that “can be a challenge for me”. I saw YOU on Iview when I watched the show and thought that looks like Deb!! I was right. Yes, a huge week and to be honest it took its toll on me in some ways because I tend to get involved even at the social media leve.

    Today, I am working (playing,) in my refreshed study area that with a couple of minor changes between my brain and B’s I have a better, light filled room and it’s got three separate desk spaces for me to glide between. Here, with the computer, across for doing my family photo albums (never start…there is a hint, because you never finish!) and then my long and lovely big messy creative space.

    Keeping me happy is a big ask …but I can do it….lol


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  6. I love it – International Day of Happiness …. that’s what you do every week, isn’t it? with Shout Out Saturday? to bring smiles, laughter and a recognition of things that make our space a happier place?

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  7. How lovely that there is a day dedicated to happiness – but how much more lovely to dedicate every day to joy and gratitude – then we’d always have some happiness in our lives. Congrats on being TV famous and so glad you could be there knowing your home was safe and the community was recovering xx

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  8. Let’s hope the Family Fun Day goes ahead as I’m sure lots of people really need it this time around. International Day of Happiness is a nice idea but slightly wasted on us as we try to be upbeat and happy every day.

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    1. Thanks very much Jonno, it’s been a huge amount of effort so far and I just want it to be a success! I agree with you, I try to be happy every day too 🙂


  9. That international happiness chart is interesting. I’m surprised to see the UK so high on the list, given our propensity for grumbling!

    Today is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and that makes me happy, even if the weather is grey here!

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