Lend a hand to neighbours in need
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has launched a new campaign to assist Gippslanders to help vulnerable people get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr O’Brien has released a Neighbourhood Assistance Card which people can place in the letterbox of the elderly, alone or infirm, who may need assistance with small chores or some conversation.
“Gippsland is a wonderful community and we look after our own,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Already I know there are many people making sure they are checking in on elderly neighbours and those without much support.
“These Neighbourhood Assistance Cards are designed so that people can simply write their contact details on them and drop them in a letter box to people that they think might be in need of assistance.
“Obviously, this should be done respecting all the current physical distancing restrictions and people’s privacy, but it’s the sort of thing that can be done while exercising.
“Offering your support might be as simple as sending or collecting mail, picking up some groceries for a neighbour or just being a friendly voice at the end of the phone.
“Physical distancing doesn’t have to be social isolation and there are many people who could do with a chat or some help to get the essentials they need.
“I know many in our community are already looking after one another and this is a small way that people can further show their support for those in their street or neighbourhood.”
The forms are available on Mr O’Brien’s Facebook page or can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
“There are early signs that we are getting on top of this pandemic, but we will all have to keep working together to get through it and that will mean looking after each other as best we can.
“If you know someone who might need a bit of assistance, drop one of these cards in their mailbox with your details and show that you care.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging Gippslanders to look out for one another with the launch of his Neighbourhood Assistance Cards.