6 August, 2020
From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, Victoria entered stage 4 restrictions and a State of Disaster was declared by the Premier. This decision, while necessary to help slow the spread of the second wave of coronavirus, has the potential to push already vulnerable people over the edge.
The ADRA team in Victoria has been working hard to serve their local communities since the outbreak of coronavirus in early March and show no sign of stopping their vital support in the toughened restrictions. And their efforts to serve their community have not gone unnoticed by the locals, including three Federal Members of Parliament, the Hon. Alan Tudge, Federal Member for Aston, the Hon. Jason Wood, Federal Member for La Trobe, and the Hon. Brad Battin, Federal Member for Gembrook.
In an email to constituents, Alan Tudge acknowledged the work of ADRA in Rowville, saying “They are running a Free Food Corner to Provide groceries and fresh produce to those in need and currently give away dozens of care packages every week. More importantly, though, they provide a personal connection for each and every person that walks through their door.”
In the area of La Trobe, Jason Wood praised the ADRA team in Casey, saying “You and your organisation’s brilliant members work tirelessly to help those in the utmost need; and for that you have my full admiration.”
Brad Batton of Gembrook commended the hard work of the ADRA volunteers saying, “Without volunteers who can identify a need in the community and then organise themselves together for the purpose of meeting this need, the world would be a lesser place for it.”
The ADRA teams in Victoria are deemed essential services and are able to continue to provide support to their community during the stage 4 restrictions. To keep up to date with ADRA’s response in Victoria, follow ADRA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ADRAAustralia.