Do you want to make a difference? During this Covid 19 season, international students are doing it tough. Our heart has gone out to all international students, including many of 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?
Wellspring Anglican Church. A group of us have started a project called Show Hope.
The initial funding of $25,000 for the food and vouchers had been generously donated by Wellspring church members. Others are now also supporting the project, including Foodbank Tasmania, Chillies Indian Restaurant, the Lions Club, the Hobart City Council, the Department of State Growth, Anglican Health & Welfare, St Mark’s Anglican Church (Bellerive), as well as Summerleas Christian Church (Huntingfield).
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. From 26 May, we are serving students at Wellspring Church, Sandy Bay, Hobart.
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 grocery items.
Fresh produce has been dropped off by the local community by 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays . On Thursdays, Foodbank Tasmania delivers a truck load of emergency hampers (filled with grocery items), fruits, fresh produce, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and non perishable products. This supply from Foodbank Tasmania is a lifeline to meet the growing needs.
Our community is showing the heart that makes Tasmania great.
What is the need?
Over the last week (from 29 June), numbers have increased to 226 for Tuesday and 356 for Thursday. We are serving around 600 people each week. We need $6,000 a week for hot food and vouchers as well as food hampers.
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. We need to Show Hope to these students over the next ten weeks at least. If you are moved to support Show Hope, please click and donate.
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