May 28, 2020
Recent events have seen us in a time of fear and uncertainty – it’s in these moments that we’re challenged to be our very best and to see the best in others. We want to introduce you to Michael from Strathmore, Melbourne. Like a lot of people, he’s looking for ways to help those who need it. As COVID-19 began to put stress on communities (but before social-distancing laws were in place) he decided to pop over to see John, his elderly neighbour. The two of them got talking and Michael asked if there was anything he could do for him and his wife. John replied he’d be grateful for some groceries and toilet paper. After delivering these, Michael realised John was having some trouble with his phone so he resolved those issues too.
“This encounter (and the sense of relief portrayed) prompted me to go next door and offer to help another neighbour who lives alone,” says Michael. That neighbour had a script which needed to be picked up from the pharmacy. Michael organised for the local pharmacy to home deliver the script to his neighbour that afternoon.
Inspired by a movement in Canada and stories similar to Micheal’s, CareMonger helps you connect with your community and assist neighbours any way you can. Our founder wanted CareMonger to bring all that goodwill together and give communities a platform to safely share and receive simple acts of kindness. Micheal noted, “An app that facilitates these kinds of interactions during such challenging times, has to be a good thing.”
These small acts of kindness remind us what community really is: a place where you can ask for a hand or lend one to someone else. A place that makes you feel safe in unfamiliar and uncertain times. As the world slowly returns to normality, let’s do what we can to ensure it returns kinder and more compassionate than before. Let’s remember how important it is to simply be there for each other. Reach out to your neighbours and ask if you can help, you never know who might need it but is too afraid to ask.