28 July, 2021

A Message from the CEO

For the last month, along with most of the south-east coast of Australia, my team has been working remotely. We know the lockdowns are challenging and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected.
Sadly, our neighbours in Fiji have been severely hit with a devastating outbreak of COVID-19. Our ADRA team on the ground is responding to help frontline workers as well as those whose livelihoods have been affected.
It is my hope that you are staying safe and well in these uncertain times. In 2020, we shared the below ways to serve your community during lockdown. I thought I would take this opportunity to share it again, so that we may be a blessing to others during this difficult time.

Despite the difficulties that COVID-19 presents, there is still so much happening both here in Australia and around the world. Below are some updates from the field.ā€‹ Thank you for your support to ensure our work continues during this challenging time.
Blessings,

Denison Grellmann
CEO, ADRA Australia & New Zealand

 

The Doorknock is Back!

To participate in the 2021 ADRA Appeal Doorknock in October, please register byĀ completing this formĀ before September 30. Funds raised willĀ help thousands of people in Australia and around the world overcome hardship.
NOTE: subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

COVID-19 Response in Fiji

More than 1,000 families in Fiji have been assisted as part ofĀ our COVID-19 response. The latest outbreak of COVID-19 is threatening people’s health, as well as their livelihoods. ADRA is responding with food rations and financial assistance to communities who have been affected.Ā To donate to our response, visitĀ adra.org.au/disaster

NAIDOC Week 2021

From July 4-11, NAIDOC Week celebrations were held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Find out how ADRA in Victoria celebratedĀ here.

Op Shop Highlight

Like the rest of Australia,Ā the ADRA Mitcham Op ShopĀ has experienced difficulties with lockdowns. But the team remains positive and eager to serve their community.

“I am so delighted that we now have our own warehouse that is up and running,” says Marina Wirenski, the Op Shop Manager. Up until recently, the team had been using warehouses in Boronia and Nunawading.

Additionally, the team has been doing some renovations extending the shop! With some of the staff rooms not being used, the team is extending the shop to utilise more of the floor space.

“What a joy it is to work for such a worthy cause,” Marina says. “I work along side beautiful volunteers with a heart for people.”

Praise & Prayer

We believe in the power of prayer. This month, we invite you to bring the below points to God in praise and prayer.

  • We welcomed our new Humanitarian Officer, Luke Webster, to our team.Ā We praise God for his appointment and pray that his work is blessed.
  • We think of the countries and areas that are still being affected by COVID-19. Please especially keep our ADRA teams who are on the ground responding in your prayers for safekeeping.
  • NAIDOC Week celebrations took place in early July. We praise God for this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrateĀ the traditional custodians of the land.
  • We think of parts of Europe and China who have experienced severe flooding. Please pray for the health and safety of everyone affected.

In Case You Missed It

Carrum Downs Pathfindershelped to clean theĀ outreach bus in Victoria! The bus provides free counselling, court support, emergency relief and referrals. Every Thursday from 6-9pm the bus is located at Westfield Fountain Gate and Fridays at Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre.

ADRA Blacktown Community Care CentreĀ is a part of the Grill’dĀ Local Matters fundraiser in August.Ā If you are in the Blacktown area, pop into Grill’d for a burger and put the token you receive into ADRA’s jar. The jar with the most tokens at the end of the month will receive a $300 donation.

The ADRA Monto Op Shop volunteers received a big ‘thank you’ in a special volunteer appreciation service. The volunteers also participated in a workshop to brainstorm where they would like to be in five years and how they can best serve their community. Thank you for your service!

Thank you for being Justice, Compassion and Love for those who need it most.

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