Things are tough out there right now, but we’re hearing heart-warming stories where people are doing lovely, kind things for other people more in need than ourselves, so we thought whenever we come across these acts of kindness – we’d share them on our website. We can all learn and benefit from contributing to a kinder world.
Great-grandad donates sale of luxury penthouse to COVID-19 vaccine
A semi-retired builder from Queensland will donate the proceeds from the sale of his luxury penthouse to COVID-19 research. Keith Drake, 82, decided to donate the proceeds of his investment property after seeing a news report about the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Foundation Coronavirus Action Fund.
“The funds from the sale of the property will allow research projects, such as clinical trials, to occur and be expanded when necessary, so we get answers faster,” says Drake.
Suncorp Team Girls online netball clinics
Suncorp, in partnership with Netball Australia and NETFIT Netball, have created some online ‘Suncorp Team Girls’ netball clinics to help netballers all over the world stay fit and healthy whilst at home. Online and live until 22 May, these free clinics are jam-packed with netball workouts, skills fitness, nutrition and cooking hacks.
Visit the NETFIT clinics site to learn more.
Accor shelters vulnerable people and worn-out medical workers
International hotel group Accor has revealed it is housing vulnerable people, including victims of family violence, the homeless and worn-out medical workers in need of alternative accommodation, in its Sydney CBD rooms as well as other beds throughout the state.
As a result of travel bans and other lockdown measures, Accor has transformed from providing a luxury service to a piece of crucial infrastructure. The hotel group is one of many accommodation providers now in discussions with various welfare groups to address social and economic issues caused by COVID-19.
Kindness in a time of coronavirus: the heartwarming acts bringing Aussies together
Sydneysiders with a little surplus offer pantry supplies and toilet rolls to neighbours and locals. Notes of thanks written to supermarket employees and notes deposited in neighbourhood letterboxes. These small heart-warming gestures are the very definition of ‘love thy neighbour’.
Helping the homeless – David Crosbie at Community Council for Australia
My uplifting story of the day comes from – which will come as no surprise to those of who have worked directly with marginalised people – comes from WA Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk who shared this note of encouragement his Department received in relation to the State Government program in which some of Perth’s homeless population who could not self-isolate or follow social distancing measures are moved into hotels. It is from the Pan Pacific hotel:
The Sweet Reasons Teddy Bears Are Popping Up In Australian Windows
For all those adults out there wondering why teddy bears are popping up in windows across Australian neighbourhoods, please click here to find out more.