Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Responding to COVID-19 with Hope and Support

The medical, social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been immense. Amid the suffering we can draw hope from the way individuals and communities have stepped up to help each other through these hard times.

One community doing its part to support healthcare providers and those on the frontline of community services have been Chinese communities in the Uniting Church and across Australia.

In response to the urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) the UCA’s Chinese Zion Church in Melbourne has donated 1140 N95 Masks, 720 to two aged care agencies, Uniting AgeWell and Uniting, in Victoria, and more than 400 to Wesley Mission Queensland.

A mainly Christian contingent of Chinese volunteers is supplying 9560 masks to various agencies, including social services in Indigenous communities such as Kimberly WA with members of the group fundraising to fund the supplies and international shipment costs.

The volunteer group will donate and supply another 10,000 face masks early next week.

In response to an appeal from UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer, the China Christian Council has pledged to donate 4500 N95 masks to the UCA. The masks will be shipped directly to UnitingCare agencies in four different states.

In times of fear and the uncertainty, these communities have gone above and beyond to fill an urgent need,  protecting our service providers and volunteers as they continue to serve the most vulnerable.

It is in these actions that we bear witness to Christ’s compassion, where fear is replaced with hope for the sake of all humanity. This is the Easter hope of Christian communities around the world.