Welcome to June Edition of Pathway

Message from General Manager

We are beginning to feel the winter chills and I am concerned we are not at one of SHARE classes to maintain our health in check. It was lovely to see some of you at the event at the office last week.
I just want to let you know that we are in contact with local Councils, community halls and hospitals and are working with them for a reopening the community halls but I still have little update for you as yet. This includes calculating the COVID Capacity and getting the halls cleaned ready for reopening and are also working on a COVID -19 plan with them as per government guidelines.
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that as soon as we can open we will. COVID -19 has not only had an impact on individual’s health and finances but also on SHARE’s financial resources. 
I have been reflecting and it seems that over the past two decades, our industry has thrived through multiple challenges, including 9/11 and the financial crisis of the late 2000s—but we have never seen anything like this. Who could have imagined when we were ringing in the New Year that a pandemic would be threatening the health of our businesses and our loved ones? However, this is precisely what we are facing today. 
While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many in different ways it is heartening that SHARE’S staff and volunteers kicked into action.  Their amazing acts of kindness, generosity and social connection being displayed as we delivered food hampers, cooked food and pamper packs. Thankfully life is getting back to normal be it slowly.

During COVID-19, I witnessed,  trust, respect, kindness and willingness from SHARE participants, Volunteers, Instructor’s, office staff and our dedicated Board members to contribute in whatever way they could I am truly blessed to be part of  this incredible organisation that puts people and community as its first base  of care. We demonstrated our ability to engage with people and work collaboratively with local communities, providing basic staples and pathways to Lifeline and other organisations, navigating free online zoom exercise programs. Zoom was piloted at a difficult time to keep vulnerable and older people connected. Our care phone calls highlighted people were feeling isolated anxious depressed culminating in other mental health issues. 
We are delighted to be the recipients of many Thank You Letters local MP’s and community leaders for our involvement in stepping up and providing extra care.
My heartfelt thanks to the MPs, Business and Community Leaders and indeed our Participants for sending me their gratitude – much appreciated. 
We need connection now more than ever. Support and add your voice with SHARE Building healthier Communities and its wellness programs, we all are striving to build and empower one another up through this difficult time.

In closing, let us not forget that we are in an industry for senior’s wellness program, Mind Body and Soul. None of us can predict with certainty when this crisis will lift and what state the global economy will be in when it does. Nevertheless, we do know that wellness is neither a fad nor a luxury. It is an expectation for hundreds of people, and more are joining every day. 
For this reason, we at SHARE are confident that the wellness sector will not only recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic, it will come back even stronger than before. What better way to remind us of the gift of a healthy mind, body and soul than this?  Join a SHARE class Today! Stay strong. Stay healthy. Stay positive. We will get through this together. 
Once again I would like to express my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all. If you would like to share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

“At SHARE, We Care:  It’s never too late to exercise, Move it or Lose It”



As NSW government eases COVID-19 restrictions SHARE classes will gradually resumed – Stay Connected and resume one of your classes as soon as we open. 
Hydrotherapy at St. George Hospital 

We are delighted to announce that St George Hospital Hydrotherapy commenced on 29th June, and continue during school holiday.

Other Classes

Tentative arrangements are in place to open all other classes from Monday 20th July as part of Term 3 program.
We encourage you to contact the office as soon as possible and book for one of the classes.
Since we all missed our classes can we encourage you to join two or more classes to get your health program back on track.
Join us enjoy the exercise, fun and meet up with your friends.

Tea & Talk @SHARE office on 25th June 2020

As COVID19 restriction has been eased small groups with physical distancing can meet, why not pay us a visit at our head office we look forward to welcoming you. We are holding events for small groups and it is our hope that at some stage all of you would have been to the office.

Amongst with 25 guests, we were honoured to welcome Mr. Chris Minns MP Member for Kogarah, Mr. Cameron Hicks from NSW Falls Prevention Network and Ms Anni Peng from University of Sydney join us for Tea and Talk. 
Due to physical distancing we had to maintain the numbers to the specified amount as per guidelines. Good news is we will hold one of these once a month. 
Tea and Talk was popular on zoom during COVID-19 restrictions and we will continue to deliver this face to face. This is a support group activity that we will provide and assist our community with interesting, relevant and educational information throughout the year. This is also a platform were people can simply talk about anything they like. Mental health is a huge issue and we found forums such as this is helping people cope with isolation, loneliness and a kind smile.

Bookings are essential and Physical distancing rules will be applied. Kindly contact our team for further details. P: 8580 0628 or


We found that some of our participants were unable to join us on live classes on zoom, so with our Instructors we produced a short exercise video and sent these to the participants for home exercise and further it is on our YouTube Channel. 
A series of video produced by SHARE with your weekly Instructor/s and is available for SHARE community and the wider public. 
Our at home Video program is an easy and free way to boost both your mental and physical health. Please only do what you can and create a safe environment around  you because our Instructors aren’t there to guide you.
Good Health stems from good Exercise which is a MUST along with nutritious meals. 
The one thing that Prime Minister and Premiers stressed during COVID-19 was “DO Your Exercise”. Enjoy your exercise daily at the convenience of your home and at a time that suits we have produced an Utube videos to ensure you keep up your exercise program and stay healthy. 
Only do what you can and create a safe environment around, our Instructors aren’t there to guide you.
Helpful Tips:
  • Start small – try maybe 5-10 minutes of yoga or stretching, then gradually build up.
  • Feeling well - follow the advice of your health professionals. 
  • Take rest. It’s vital that we prioritise the health and safety of ourselves, family, friends and the community
  • A 10 minutes of movement a day can help your body and mind feel better, get your loved ones to join you and move their bodies. I am certain you must be spending a lot of time together so do something positive. 
        Visit our channels for more videos Visit our channels for more videos

SHARE's program is extended. Community Aid Care Packs - Food Hampers continue to be delivered to our participants 

Office staff, Board members and volunteers bought, packed and delivered food hampers, home cooked food and care packs to some of the vulnerable people in our community twice a week.
Our care program is not only to give food but to also connect, have a chat and to provide information and pathways to other services as needed.
Older people really felt very alone as they are living in their own homes, are isolated and are in need of assistance with basic staples, pick up of medicines, travel to appointments and the shops most importantly simple to have a familiar and friendly face to talk.

Building Partnership and Extending Community Engagement 

We feel so lucky receiving wonderful support from different partners. This month we would like to send our special Thanks to Burwood Council. Burwood Care Program has generously sent SHARE participants many hampers loaded with essential food and hygiene products. 
In our previous newsletter we mentioned that Ajay has joined our team to assist us during COVID-19 to help some of the vulnerable participants.
We encourage you to take your dry cleaning to Lawrence Shop 112A Westfield SC Hurstville. Support your local business as they support you.
Please contact Ajay. 0412045327 or 9579 5851. Pick up and drop off services also available with no extra charge.  It's the service for senior citizens.

Mental Health Care from Rotary District 9675

What's On? 

SHARE Supports Refugee Communities 

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. This year refugee week was celebrated from June 14 to 20, 2020. SHARE has been supporting refugee community through various community projects. It is our privilege to be a part of beautiful Australian multicultural society.

Due to COVID -19 we were unable to hold an event this year. Above is a quick reflection of one of our class in 2019 at Fairfield for Iraqis and Iranian refugees. This project was proudly funded by Clubgrant Fairfield.

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message - saving lives through early detection - as bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early.

Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) - but it's one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn't discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.
296 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,352 people a year).

Read More


Men’s Health Week: calling communities to support all men, young and old

International Men's Health Week is celebrated every year around the world in the middle of June. It is an important opportunity to highlight men's health and what it means to be healthy.

Each day in Australia, six out of eight people who take their lives are male. This year, Men’s Health Week  (15-21 June) coordinated by Western Sydney University’s Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre (MHIRC), aims to raise awareness about suicide as the single most pressing issue in society for men and boys.

 “Everybody has a father, son, brother, partner, mentor, friend or colleague who would benefit from positive support. Sometimes men have less opportunity to seek out support and may have difficulty voicing their issues. By communities working together – people of all genders, cultures and ages – we can start to address these issues and improve health outcomes,” said Dr Neil, Hall, MHIRC Director.

Pick up your phone, send a text or get together online with the men in your live to share vital support that they need.

For 24/7 crisis support call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14. For men’s health information and support resources, visit the Men’s Health Week website.


SHARE Tips to You

Check out tips from our friends at Nutrition Australia NSW: 

Keep a look out for these delicious winter fruit & veggies! Enjoying fresh, seasonal produce is tastier, more nutritious and often cheaper. What's your favourite winter fruit or veggie?

Studies have shown that Australian men consume around 10g of salt per day, twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation, leading to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. This week is #MensHealthWeek, and we're raising awareness of the ways that reducing salt intake in the diet can help improve the health of Australian men and reduce the risk of these conditions.
Some healthier swaps we can make to reduce salt intake includes:
  • Opting for unprocessed meats, such as chicken breast, over processed meats, such as salami or bacon
  • Snacking on fresh fruit and veggies, over packaged foods
  • Adding more herbs to your meals instead of salt to boost flavour!

Awards and Recognitions

Northern Province Member Highlight this month

SHARE President Barbara Ward was commended by The Hon Natalie Ward MLC for her incredible effects during a very challenging time.

Read the full article here
Vocational Service Award 

Rotary Club of Sydney traditionally recognises distinguished individuals for their dedication to making communities more resilient and peaceful.
2020 Vocational Services Award was presented Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of Resilience NSW.
by President Barbara Ward.
Congratulations to Commissioner Fitzsimmons for a sterling job, an outstanding leader and a humble man, very deserving said Barbara.

Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years.
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