It is a challenging time for many, particularly those in isolation but the community spirit of West Australian Lions volunteers is brightening up the days for children in hotel quarantine.
Lions volunteers across the state quickly swung into action and raised funds to supply packages of books, puzzles and games tailored to different age groups.
Over 160 care packages have already been delivered to children in quarantine by Lions Clubs in Western Australia.
Several families have contacted the Lions project team to express their thanks and provide comment on the support they have received.
Matthew Morgan and his family decided to move back to Perth after living in Texas for the last 10 years. Children Amelia (8), Jakub (5) and Isabel (3), although excited to celebrate Christmas in Australia, had found it difficult passing the time in their hotel. A couple of days into their isolation in late November there was a knock on the door and Matt was delighted to see three activity packages. The children were ecstatic with their new-found fun, as were the parents.
“We received three amazing packages of toys and books for my kids! They were so excited, and I’m so grateful. I really appreciate the effort taken to put these together and bring them to us, and I’m also really heartened to know that there are people out there who are thinking of us – even if we haven’t met yet!” said Matt.
Mother Martina Ricciardi is isolating with her two-year old son Benjamin and was also very grateful for the surprise gift at her door.
“I feel that the language makes it difficult for me to express how grateful I am for everything you do for the well-being of me and my son. Benjamin woke up today with a big smile and still did not discover the blocks or the bubbles! We have so many things to play and have fun with thanks to everyone who donated,” she said.
Lions WA District Service Coordinator Carmel Ward sees this project as a labour of love. “It has been just wonderful and heart-warming to see the donations we have received from many of our Lions clubs and other supporters.
The idea came about from a Department of Communities Emergency Services Unit employee who thought a similar initiative for children in foster care could be rolled out to children in isolation. The project concept has been promoted to Lions Districts in other States, and it may be implemented if the State Authorities wish to have Lions Clubs involved.”
Lions will continue the project for as long as funding is available. If individuals, businesses or organisations would like to help Lions Clubs in WA by making a donation towards the project, please contact Carmel Ward, Lions District W1 Service Coordinator on 0409334737 or GST.W1@lions.org.au
The funds are managed through the Lions District W1 Activities Account. The Lions project team are all volunteers. 100% of the funds donated from the public for this appeal will be allocated to the project. We Serve!
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