Simple waves save lives

Waving for Wellbeing: Katie Everett, 10, is all smiles and waves because that makes her happy. Picture: Jelena Potpara

Campaign. It’s hard not to smile when someone gives you a friendly wave.

Ask Katie Everett, 10, she’ll tell you: “You’ve gotta wave,” she says.

“When I see my friends go past in a car or when they’re across the road, or I see someone who’s friends with Mum I wave to them.

“They wave to me and it’s polite to wave back to them.

“Because I see them and if they’re too far away I think I could give them a silent message . . . to be happy or just like to say g’day, g’day!”

A new campaign, led by a 79-year-old gentleman from South Australian town Tailem Bend is causing a wave.

Peter Squires started Waving for Wellbeing in honour of his late grandson Scott, who took his own life at the age of 20.

Mr Squires asks for one simple thing in remembering his loved one, that people connect with a simple wave.

In the spirit of a Mexican wave over the Bight and Strait, Circular Head locals are jumping on board to help spread the message with all kinds of unique styles.

After all, there are all kinds of waves you can use: the excited fast wave to get someone’s attention, or the slower wave that is usually reserved for use in front of the face of one who has entered the land of daydream. And let’s not forget the old one finger wave, arguably the most common style in Circular Head and often seen from buses and vehicles down backroads, sometimes accompanied by a slight nod of the head.

Whatever your style, just take the time to wave for wellbeing, it may just save a life.

If you have a photo to share of you or someone you know spreading the Waving for Wellbeing message with a wave, submit it to

Anyone experiencing a personal crisis or needing someone to talk to you can phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.