While the novel coronavirus pandemic has the world in its grip, many Sunshine Coast residents continue to take it in their stride.
From Facebook community pages to shop local campaigns, the community is coming together during this time of crisis. Whether it’s helping an elderly neighbour source their groceries, or sharing words of support, it’s the little everyday moments that will get us all through this time of great adversity.
Buderim mum Bronwyn Delaivuna of the Everyday Fifo Wife blog is doing her bit to spread the messages of support while people are in isolation using the hashtag #lockdownfunk, which has gone viral.
Another former Coast family has started a Facebook group, called Corona Free Zone, with the aim of sharing positive stories. Whether that be the joy of the birth of a new baby, or someone working on starting their own business.
The Sunshine Coast Council has also jumped on-board, encouraging positivity and digital connectivity, asking residents to “look out for their neighbours – particularly those who are most vulnerable – and show that community spirit for which our residents are renowned”.
Launching the #covidkindness platform last Friday, Mayor Mark Jamieson said the community was known for its generous reputation.
The platform will explore weekly themes to encourage residents to stay connected, informed and help combat social isolation, loneliness and community disconnection. It also promotes the use of specially designed postcards to communicate with neighbours.
“What we’re asking people to do is please reach out and check on your neighbours, especially our older neighbours,” Mayor Jamieson says.
“It could be something as simple as leaving one of these postcards in your neighbour’s mailbox and offering to purchase a few groceries for them if they’re in social isolation, helping to put their bins out or even just writing down your phone number so they have someone to call.
“Now more than ever, we must look out for the most vulnerable in our community and think locally in every decision we make.”