Cowra resident Lusi Austin says she is “amazed” by the response of the Cowra community to her initiative “Cowra Come Together During Corona”.
Ms Austin established the initiative in March last year as a Facebook page to support anyone in town affected by COVID-19, and with Cowra’s first cases arising last week, it has become more important than ever. She said the page was set up as a way of locals communicating together and supporting each other.
“I asked if people needed help and sometimes people contacted the page to offer assistance or to ask for it. It’s still happening this way,” she said.
“The aim is to be able to link people together. If you have a need or know of someone who does (for example, your neighbour has to self-isolate and is in need of a meal), you can contact the page and I will try my best to link you up to a community service like Meals on Wheels or CINC.”
“Last year we had drop off points in local businesses and we saw the community give so generously at that time.”
Ms Austin said she started the page as a way to gather all Cowra related COVID-19 information in one spot.
“I was seeing lots of posts at the time on different Facebook pages and thought it might be helpful if there was one place that people could look up things like where to get tested, opening hours of local pharmacies, etc.” she said.
She said the page had been a great success, and she had received many positive responses to it.
“People have offered to help complete strangers just because they desire to help someone else. Just this week I’ve received messages from people saying, ‘I’m double vaccinated and am willing to pick up and drop off items in a contactless fashion to anyone in need’,” she said.
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