Generosity and care shown by Gympie mum a perfect example of how we must look out for our elderly citizens during this challenging time of isolation.
Generosity and care shown by Gympie mum a perfect example of how we must look out for our elderly citizens during this challenging time of isolation.

COVID-19: Young mum shows how kindness will save our elderly

I WAS told a terrible story yesterday that broke my heart, but then warmed it at the same time.

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It is about the impact of this lockdown on some of our elderly men and women, who have been left alone, unchecked and who are silently suffering and possibly starving.

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A local mum living in the heart of Gympie decided to drop in on her elderly neighbour who she did not know, but who she had not seen for a while.

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When she opened the door, her elderly neighbour was sitting alone in a chair looking dazed.

She had no milk and no food, and did not appear to have eaten a meal in at least two days.

To think this is happening in our community is devastating.

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Shane Waldock looks like winning the Division 3 count in the Gympie council election 2020.

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I know there are so many people out there like this young mum, who upon seeing the state of her neighbour, went home and returned with a share of her meagre supplies, including her evening meal. When she did this, her neighbour broke down and cried. Gympie region must dig deep right now to look after our vulnerable, isolated senior citizens.

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Our elderly citizens are the ones most at risk through these challenging and isolating times.
Our elderly citizens are the ones most at risk through these challenging and isolating times.

Through local oganisations like the Salvos, or you might have something going on in your own neighbourhood.

Colin Williams at the Victory Church Care Services which has been handing out and delivering food hampers to people throughout the Gympie region.
Colin Williams at the Victory Church Care Services which has been handing out and delivering food hampers to people throughout the Gympie region.

Or you could join the Care Army being mobilised by the State Government. Register at emergencyvolunteering.com.au or email emegencyvol@ volunteeringqld.org.au. If you need help with essential services and support you can free-call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

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Gympie region residents and Queenslanders in general are being asked to help their mates during this COVID-19 crisis.

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News Corp, in partnership with the State Government, is encouraging Queenslanders to help where they can, while respecting the strict laws on social distancing and the Premier's stay home edict - not to mention our local GPs' plea.

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The elderly in our community are most at risk, so support and connectoin that doesn't breach official health guidelines will be vital.

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If you have an inspiring story in the spirit of the Care Army, share it with us. Email editor @gympietimes.com

Major Brian Smith of the Salvation Army in Gympie, which is doing what it can to help those suffering.
Major Brian Smith of the Salvation Army in Gympie, which is doing what it can to help those suffering.
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