How can I help?

How Can I Help?

There is no doubt COVID-19 is causing great upheaval in our society. Social distancing restrictions
necessary to prevent the virus spreading are causing considerable financial and social stress to many sectors and groups within our communities. If you, however, find yourself with a bit of time on your hands, wondering how you can make a difference, here are some top tips…

Give Blood

Australia needs 29,000 blood donations every week to maintain supply for a variety of uses. Lives
depend on donated blood, it helps people recover from surgery, accidents and even cancer. Regular blood donors may be self-isolating if they are in vulnerable groups so it’s up to the rest of us to bridge the gap. If you are generally well and healthy check out how to donate here https://www.donateblood.com.au/one-step-closer

Support food banks and charities

As more people face financial hardship and food insecurity, these organisations will be relied upon more than ever to support people in need. Usual fundraising activities have been curtailed reducing their ability to maintain their community service delivery. (See our story on The Lighthouse.) https://warwickfriendlysociety.com.au/community-focus-the-lighthouse/

Support local businesses

The best way to keep people employed is for the public to keep buying products/services. Local cafes and other discretionary goods providers are going to be hardest hit by the pandemic as people stop spending. Consider buying takeaway from local cafes or gift vouchers you can spend later.

Reach out – make a call, write a note or a letter

Connect with a neighbour, friend or older relative during this time. A card, letter or phone call could make a big difference in someone’s day. You may also like to check if they need any help. Consider helping with shopping, dropping off scripts or a regular call. (Don’t forget to observe social distancing!) Let them know Warwick Friendly Society can help with home delivery of medications and pharmacy items. If you don’t know your neighbours, you can use a Queensland Health Kindness Card to break the ice. http://www.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/121716/assistance-card.pdf

Volunteer

Some volunteers are reducing their usual involvement, especially if they are in a particularly
vulnerable group or have to provide increased support for family and friends. Whilst some not-forprofit activity is on hold, other volunteer roles are now in higher demand such as community transport, community visitor schemes, food banks and other community delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. There may also be opportunities for volunteering online. Or consider joining the Care Army. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/carearmy

Check out your local Community Radio station – Rose City FM

Rose City FM has their finger on the pulse of our community and brings a mix of culture and
entertainment that you may find refreshing in these trying times. Rose City FM depends heavily on volunteers and support from local businesses who are also doing it tough and may have to withdraw or downsize their financial contributions. By engaging with these community groups we are demonstrating our solidarity in supporting services that mean a lot to listeners who are doing it tough. So tune in! https://rosecityfm.org.au/

Adapted from Volunteering North Queensland – http://www.vnq.org.au/our-top-picks-for-how-youcan-support-your-community-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Community Focus- The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Community Centre is an emergency relief organisation operated to help Warwick’s most vulnerable community members.

Each year the Lighthouse supports around 500 at risk people in the Warwick area. They offer food distribution, emergency hampers, blankets, and domestic violence services. Their Op Shop provides inexpensive clothing as well as funding their charitable activities.

 

While they recently have had to curtail some of their services due to Covid-19, The Lighthouse is still providing food for pickup from their location at 37 Guy St.

Food for distribution is donated to The Lighthouse from Aldi, Woolworths, Subway and Donut King each day. Depending on the season this may also be supplemented by food purchased with their own funds if required.

The Lighthouse is able to help with emergency food supplies to those having financial difficulties during Covid-19. Current service Manager, Daphne Porter, says she is most concerned for those community members who have been unable to work or access Centrelink services and those who may have been underprepared entering self-isolation. She asks that if Friendly Society Members know of people who are struggling to let The Lighthouse know so they can help.

Recently Daphne took a call from a person who was interstate and was concerned about his Warwick friend in need who was self-isolating but had run out of supplies. Fortunately, The Lighthouse was able to provide a food hamper to assist.

The Lighthouse is an independent welfare organisation based in Warwick, near the Warwick Uniting Church. The organisation was established by Pastor Judith Kunkel as a central, one-stop-shop for people in need within the community.

For more information or to provide financial assistance: 4661 8211.

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band

From Warwick to Moscowthe Warwick Thistle Pipe Band to march at the Peace for World Festival in Russia 

 

Warwick, Queensland, 6 March 2020: 

The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band has been given an amazing opportunity: it has been invited to travel to Russia in April-May 2020 for the two-week long Peace for World Festival. 

“We are thrilled to have this incredible opportunity as the only Australian band at the festival,” said Chris Donaldson, Warwick Thistle Pipe Band pipe major.  

Participating band members are working hard to build their music repertoire, and their fitness. During the trip, the band will be expected to play in concerts of at least 45 minutes of non-repeated music and to march and perform over distances of between 1km and 4km on most days.  

The 2020 Peace for World Festival marks the 75th anniversary of peace in Europe after World War II, with the most monumental event being The March of the Immortal Regiment in Moscow on May 9. Up to one million Russians are expected to participate in this march with 250 million people following the event on television. 

In addition to participating in the march, a key objective for the band’s tour of Russia is to engage in cross-cultural activities. The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band performances will give Russians the opportunity to interact with a group of Australians playing Scottish music, and band members will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with Russian people and learn more about the country’s music, culture and traditions. 

The band is working hard on fundraising efforts to send its players to Russia, including barbecues at Bunnings, raffles and market stalls. They are extremely grateful for the support of over 25 local businesses including Warwick Friendly Society. 

They have set up their own Gofundme page, for which it is inviting donations: www.gofundme.com/f/banding-together-in-russia. Donated funds will be used to help pay for additional uniform of international standard to wear in the Russian weather and lighter instruments for our children to play in daily long marches. 

Warwick Thistle Pipe Band is the oldest and most recognizable pipe band in Warwick, Queensland. Band members range in age from 10 to over 80.   

The Band aims are to foster an enjoyment of the piping and drumming disciplines in a friendly, family, supportive environment, as well as performing at a number of community performances to provide Scottish culture to the Southern Downs region and more widely. 
 
Band rehearsals are held at the band rooms in Albert St across from Leslie Park each Friday from 7pm until 9pm. 
 
The Warwick Thistle Pipe Band welcome experienced players and those who wish to learn. Tuition is provided at no cost to the student. 

 

  • For more information on the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band go to their facebook page.