Tuesday 9th October is World Post Day and to celebrate, Jersey Post is inviting Islanders to make someone smile by sending them a handwritten card.
The specially designed cards, which carry the message ‘I just wanted to say…’ will be given out free by Jersey Post staff between 12 and 2pm only on Tuesday, at the entrance to Liberty Wharf, St. Helier.
World Post Day is a celebration of the Universal Postal Union, which was established in Bern, Switzerland in 1874. The date was declared World Post Day at the UPU’s annual congress, held in Tokyo in 1969. The purpose of the day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in everyday life, and its contribution to social and economic development. More than 150 countries celebrate the event in different ways, with some observing it as a national holiday.
Jersey Post is marking the event this year by encouraging people to send a message to friends and family on one of a range of uniquely designed cards.
Andy Jehan, Director of Postal Operations said: ‘It’s a great feeling to receive a personal message through the post. We have designed these cards to make it very easy for someone to share a special thought or moment with their close friends and family and we hope that, on World Post Day, people seize the opportunity to rediscover the joy of sending and receiving messages in the post. Writing an email or text message can be so impersonal – receiving a handwritten, heartfelt note can mean so much more.’
On Tuesday members of the public can visit the pop-up post office in Liberty Wharf during their lunchtime, pick up a card and, if they want to, write it there and then and put it in the post.