Giving The Community A Way To Thank Their Local Medics & Support Small Business
Julie Cross from the Manly Daily distributed this story through the Daily Telegraph Network during the first wave of the pandemic.
"It's a way for the community to show they are thinking of the hardworking staff," said Lizzie Wall.
At this stage, we were delivering to our local hospital and had set up GoFundMe pages for each local community to fundraise and spend in their local communities only.
It was complete lockdown so we were phoning restaurants and cafes, many of whom were not open and had to furlough staff, to encourage them to stick around as we had some big orders!
"I feel so humbled by nurses doing long shifts at increased risk to themselves. They are supporting our vulnerable people during this pandemic. It's times like this, that you just have to act." said Joeline Hackman.
It wasn't until a year later that vaccines started slowly to trickle in. We had no idea what the impact of covid-19 would be at that early stage, and the nurses we knew went to work scared, in uncomfortable protective personal equipment and had to isolate themselves from their support network, particularly frail parents and grandparents or anyone with an underlying disease, in case they brought home covid to their loved ones.