Eastwood fights back! Small businesses stand together against the virus

COMPASSIONATE EASTWOOD will not be beaten by the virus and is fighting back.

A new group was established by the Chinese speaking community in Eastwood this week to help closed small business through the delivery of essential goods and medicines to the owners and to other people in need.

 The Survival Alliance group was founded by Eastwood’s Jessie Lin and other community leaders with the support of local restaurants and other businesses with advice from Eastwood based Clr Simon Zhou.

 The first deliveries of essential goods began this week, Ms Lin told The Weekly Times.

 “Now, the COVID-19 is getting worse we hope we can help more small business owners and the people who are afraid of the virus, to get better solutions and more confidence to fight this virus,” Ms Lin said.

 “Our aim is to help these small business owners to get through this tough time together and our very first step is to help those people who are self-quarantined at home. 

 “For example, buying groceries together to get free delivery for those living in the local community.

 “The restaurant owners will provide take away and free home delivery services, to reduce the risks of getting affected.

 “Because of the help from Simon Zhou we can also educate people about how to protect yourself by using Chinese herbal medicine.”

 The Survival Alliance is a non-profit organisation that relies on local donations.

 “Due to the travel ban, lots of small businesses in Eastwood have been impacted and are trapped in a very tough situation. 

 “Lots of international students could not come back to study and left empty restaurants and vacant accommodations. 

 “Travel agents lost their jobs and other businesses are really trying hard to survive.

 “We hope we can do more to help the local community.”

 The compassionate action by the Survival Alliance comes at a time when many charities – including St Vinnies – have postponed home visits.

 “Many of our members are aged over 60 and most companions are living with existing health issues,” St Vincent de Paul Society National Council President, Claire Victory said. 

 “Both groups are at higher risk of serious consequences should they become infected.

  “As a result, all home-based visitations will cease until further notice from the National Council.

  “Visitation will now occur at the discretion of the conference presidents and must take place by telephone or web-based care and support, or at a Vinnies shop or other facility.”

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