Who is in Need in Hobart Tasmania?
Do you want to make a difference? During this Covid 19 season, international students are doing it tough. Our heart has gone out to those from the sub-continent: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Casual jobs have dried up. Parents and family at home are facing tough economic times and financial support is hard. Some students have $0. Others have a few weeks before their money runs out. Students are studying, feeling alone, and anxious about meeting weekly bills.
Who are we?
A group of us have started a project called Show Hope. Funding for the food and vouchers had been generously provided through Anglicare (Tasmania), and provided by: the Lions Club, Anglican Health & Welfare, Hobart City Council and St Marks Anglican Church, Bellerive.
Show Hope has an account through Anglicare (Tasmania). Thank you to all the donors who have given $25,000 for Show Hope.
What have we done?
From the start of Tasmania's lock down (March 20th) we have provided hot meals, supermarket vouchers, and fresh produce every Tuesday and Thursday.
Volunteers from Wellspring Anglican Church and Summerleas Christian Church packed the rice and curries and gave them to students. We ensure social distancing and safe practices.
The curries are prepared by Chillies Indian Restaurant in Sandy Bay. Students have a choice of curries from: vegetarian, butter chicken, chicken curry and madras chicken / chicken vindaloo. Every dollar raised has gone to meals and vouchers. Grocery vouchers were given out to those in need along with a hot meal. We have given out 100 vouchers per week.
Fresh produce has been dropped off by the local community by 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays outside Chillies. Thank you for the fresh produce, rice, noodles and products. Our community is showing the heart that makes Tasmania great.
What is the need?
On Tuesday, 5th May, 136 students received hot meals and grocery items. An increase, yes, from the original 40 students (24 March). A few students have asked for hot meals for their spouse and young child at home. Freely given, with planning and coordinating 100 vouchers, a big budget item, remains a high priority for each week.
We need $6,000 a week for hot food and vouchers.
We have a target of $75,000 to serve this community of international students.
Over the last four weeks, our community, our Hobart, our Tasmania has shown amazing generosity, love and hope to international students. Several students who have received meals and vouchers in earlier weeks are now volunteers. They have an amazing work ethic and want to contribute. We need to Show Hope to these students over the next ten weeks at least. If you are moved to support Show Hope, please go to the link https://www.gofundme.com/manage/Show-Hope and donate.