Front up for the frontline

Let’s get together to support the staff in north coast hospitals and paramedics, who are doing it extremely tough at the moment.
 
With the dramatic surge in COVID cases, they're juggling many more patients, with reduced staffing (some staff have COVID or are waiting to find if they have it) and are working in hot and sweaty full PPE. Many of them work double shift after double shift, hurrying from patient to patient, with barely time to grab something to eat, let alone drink.  They are emotionally and physically exhausted, many of them close to breaking point.
 
We want to let them know how much the community appreciates them by sending in snacks and meals. As many of those working at the frontline have told us, any gesture of support from the community gives a much-needed boost to morale.
 
This GoFundMe is to support workers at Byron Central Hospital (our local) and Lismore Base Hospital (which is the hospital taking all COVID patients for the whole north coast) as well as paramedics delivering patients to those hospitals.
 
We know that workers in every hospital deserve support, and encourage others to set up similar crowdfunding for their local hospitals. We’d love to do this for every hospital in our region but it’s a task too big for the six people working on this. We’re happy to offer guidance to anyone wanting to do the same for their local frontline workers.
 
With money donated we will give food and other support to frontline workers.
  • We will buy meals from local businesses to be delivered to staff at Byron and Lismore Base hospitals. We won’t forget wardspeople, cleaners, those doing the testing, those on the phones and in admin. And we won’t forget night shift. This is also a way we can support local businesses. (Sadly, home-baked meals and treats are not possible due to food safety issues.) At Lismore, which is a very big hospital, we'll begin by taking meals into the Emergency Department, ICU and the COVID wards. 
  • We are organising donations of biscuits, teas, coffee, trail mix, chocolate, smoothies and juices to be put in tearooms (and regularly topped up) in these two hospitals. If you are a business that would like to contribute to the tearoom goodie packs, please let us know in a comment below.
 
Depending on the amount raised and requests that come in from frontline workers, we will look for ways to offer other support to frontline workers outside their work environment.

We are five members of the Mullumbimby community. We have set up a separate bank account with Southern Cross Credit Union with two signatories  and both necessary for any transactions. We will pay invoices from suppliers (caterers, cafes etc) from that account and we will keep the community updated on a regular basis with regard to how the funds have been distributed and make available a statement of outgoings upon request. This account is being overseen by a volunteer bookkeeper.
 
Thank you.
 
Sarah Armstrong, Penny Wheeler, Amanda Bannatyne,  Heather Stevenson, Catherine Perversi and Jeremy Jacks. 

PS. If you have a friend or neighbour who’s a frontline worker, you might like to make them a meal, mow their lawn, give them a massage voucher or offer to walk their dog (and as one RN said to us, ‘and don’t take no for an answer!’)

PPS. Words of appreciation from the community mean a HUGE amount to our frontline health workers and sustain them as much as a delicious meal. Please consider sending a card to your local hospital. 
Here's addresses:
Emergency Department (or Fever Clinic), Byron Central Hospital, 54 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW 2481. 
Emergency Department (or ICU, or COVID Wards, Lismore Base Hospital, 60 Uralba St, Lismore NSW 2480. 

 
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