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Keep it sweet: Deb and Ross from Blakehurst drop off fruit, lollies and hygiene packs at the Kogarah Ambulance Superstation.

Being a healthcare worker during a pandemic is a unique – shortages, and isolating from family and friends to avoid putting

and challenging – experience. For many staff in our local hospitals and paramedic services, it involves wearing uncomfortable protective gear for 12 hours a day, giving up leave to help with staff


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their health at risk. These are some of the burdens that Blakehurst Anglican sought to lighten, led by its senior minister the Rev Ross Ryan. For the past few months, the parish has taken part in a range of practical initiatives to show support and love for local healthcare workers from St George Hospital and the Kogarah Ambulance Superstation.

Coffee vouchers: Daniel from Kay Geez Cafe at Kogarah. Church members have raised $8500 in support of their local healthcare workers, organised the drop-off of fruit, snacks and meal vouchers to staff at the hospital and paramedic station, as well as making up trays for tea rooms to distribute across the hospital. Another initiative was providing food and coffee vouchers for local cafes so they are able to provide a discount for all nurses, doctors, paramedics and other health workers who visit. Mr Ryan says the program has had a significant impact, not just SouthernCross

November 2021