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Emergency Appeal

A message from Geoff Batkin, CEO Wesley Mission Queensland

There is no doubt that these are challenging and uncertain times. COVID-19 is having a huge global impact, affecting our very way of life. It is affecting us here at WMQ in ways we’ve never experienced before, just as it is for many community organisations, and I know it’s affecting all of you out in the community.

If you feel that you would like to, and have capacity to, help those doing it tough in the community right now, we have set up an emergency appeal here on our website. Anything you give will be donated directly to our front-line services like Emergency Relief, and to services that have been affected by the cancellation of our fundraising events.

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Read the full message here 

There is no doubt that these are challenging and uncertain times. COVID-19 is having a huge global impact, affecting our very way of life. It is affecting us here at WMQ in ways we’ve never experienced before, just as it is for many community organisations, and I know it’s affecting all of you out in the community.

In times like this, what heartens me the most is the beauty of the human spirit, and how compassion shines a bright light in the darkest corners. We’ve seen it many times through fires and floods – Queenslanders supporting each other and looking out for each other, making sure we get through it together. This is no different. While we are diligent in keeping our physical distance, we can still reach out to each other to make sure those around us are okay, from checking on your neighbours over the fence, to calling your friends, or facetiming your family. We may have to ‘socially isolate’, but it’s important that we don’t isolate from each other completely. From the work that our services do in the community, we at WMQ know how impacting isolation can be on mental and physical health, so it’s important to me that I reach out to not only my loved ones around me, but also to you.

Things right now are tough. For some, things are tougher than they’ve ever been. But ultimately, my message today is one of hope and support. If we look after each other, we will get through this. With that thought, I also want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the support you have shown us over the years; you are the embodiment of the shining bright light I mentioned above. You mean the world to us. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones, and I pray that you continue to be safe and well.

Our services are so varied – from disability to mental health, emergency relief to aged care. As many of our services are classed as essential to the community, I want to assure you that we are continuing to support those who need us most in the community, and we will keep up this vital work to our best capacity. Services like our Emergency Relief in Fortitude Valley, which you may recognise from our Red Bag Appeal at Christmas time, are now more important than ever, as ever more people will find themselves in need of emergency assistance with food and other essential services. We are already seeing an increased demand on Emergency Relief, and while we’re doing everything we can to help those who need us, we are also taking every precaution in our service delivery to make sure our clients, staff and volunteers are safe.

If you feel that you would like to, and have capacity to, help those doing it tough in the community right now, we have set up an emergency appeal here on our website. Anything you give will be donated directly to our front-line services like Emergency Relief, and to services that have been affected by the cancellation of our fundraising events.

Things right now are tough, but you are not alone. We will weather this storm together, we will take on the challenges together, and with each of us a bright light, we will shine the way together.

Thank you.

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 Geoff Batkin.

 

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