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Welcome to this Edition of Pathway
As many of you would know, SHARE has been receiving a huge number of calls over the past few months, with bushfires, drought and physical isolation all creating a wide range of crisis situations.
 
We are slowly returning to meeting still in smaller groups, we are encouraged and are looking forward to resuming our classes. It is our hope once we can have more than ten people at a time we will plan to commence our programs for keeping active mind and body. Staff are working on a plan and procedures for COVID -19 to ensure we continue to observe good habits we have grown accustomed to protect ourselves and others.
 
As a community we are facing some of our most profound challenges, COVID-19 is placing enormous pressure on people, customers, and operating models. We greatly empathise with many thousands of Australians in areas such as retail and hospitality where businesses and jobs have been significantly impacted. Right now around the country people are making incredible sacrifices.
 
These are unpredictable, uncertain and unsettling times, but it is important to keep perspective, I think despite many challenges we must be thankful that we live in one of the luckiest countries and governments have been doing a sterling job to keep us safe. COVID -19 is not only about our well-being but the well-being of economic and the financial effects this will have all - a double dose of COVID -19 we could say.
Since my last message we continue to be in a period of change and disruption. Australia continues to manage the humanitarian and economic impact of COVID-19 the effects is having a major impact on our business and our beneficiaries. Let me share how we have responded, and adapted our services to continue supporting our participants. I’d also like to share some recent highlights and look ahead to some new initiatives to support wider communities and participants alike.
FREE live stream zoom classes is keeping our participants active. Interestingly our classes are attended not only by the existing participants but also new people. We encourage everyone to join our online classes. While the suspension on in-person gatherings has been relaxed, staying connected with each other remains important, to continue to engage, chat, and above all, support one another.
During these challenging times the health and safety of our members continues to be our priority, I and the team regularly call participants to check-in, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. It has been rewarding to be able to lend a hand to some of our participants that are facing difficulties because of the financial impact of COVID -19 on their lives from finance, sick family members and feeling overwhelmed.
 
 “What a phenomenal effort from our team! Thank you for all the time you are giving to support people through crisis, and for listening with compassion and a non-judgemental ear, this is what SHARE does” said Barbara Ward President.
 
Mental health is a major issue not only during COVID 19 but every day. Currently there are many stresses job losses and continued uncertainly we are encouraged to see continued focus on the importance of exercise by the Prime Minister and NSW Premier.
 
I am supporting various community groups through offering of our services, engaged a volunteer Nurse Coordinator, attended zoom ANZAC Day Service, meetings, exploring new on-line platforms, scaled up our purchase and delivery of food hamper packages, and meeting with community groups like Nepalese to support with pathways to counselling, financial support and basic staples.
In addition exploring options to raise funds for our delivery of service due to closure huge impact on or financial resources. Also trying to raise funds to help with purchase of food, financial assistance to the needy and for elderly causes. We are providing more care because people are asking for it, we promote independence, quality of life and well-being of older people.
So to help us fundraise, can help you raise funds on our behalf and raise awareness. Our success stems from the willingness of reliable people to work together and give of themselves in service - above self.
My heartfelt thanks to all for encouragement, support and checking –in how I and the team are doing and an extension of helping hand. Thank you to our participants who have quickly adapted to zoom classes and your commitment to attend every week.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new staff member Connie McGarry, Julie Brazier and volunteer Sagun Kandel. Thank you SHARE team for your wonderful support and in particularly thanks to Ha Duong who has been our back bone and helped many with tutorial on zoom; and to our Instructors who are committed to SHARE and have helped in implementing zoom classes. 


At SHARE WE CARE!
 
Warmest Regards - Adrian 
 

Adrian Prakash - General Manager 

Welcome on board Connie McGarry!

Connie has joined our Head Office team as the Administration Coordinator. She will have many varied roles including the efficient operation of the office pertaining to exercise classes development and delivery of innovative exercise programs, events and assistance to SHARE Instructors with the delivery of services.

Connie comes with a wealth and depth of experience in administration and held a similar position University of Sydney for 24 years. She has a bright personality and a happy outlook in life.
 
“I am looking forward to my new position here at SHARE and assisting the community, I think SHARE fits well with my passion to serve the community and it is a privilege to have this role” said Connie.
Please join us in making Connie feel welcome and do not hesitate to call us on 85800628.

The Australian Government has released the COVIDSafe app. Your Action will bring us back into ACTION!

While our Governments continue to focus on saving lives and livelihoods, we also have a part to play - if you have not already done so, I encourage you to join the more than five million Australians who have downloaded the COVIDSafe App by visiting: www.health.gov.au 
CovidSafe is designed to assist and protect our magnificent doctors and nurses, pharmacists, allied health workers, aged care workers and carers, finding those cases which might be undiagnosed in the community, helping people get earlier treatment and helping people to have earlier diagnosis – actions that will save lives and protect lives.
To access this app, download from the Google Play Store, or the Apple App Store, depending on your device. Then, create an account, register and keep the app running on your phone.

This week, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered a Ministerial Statement, outlining the economic response to the crisis and the risks to our recovery, if we do not continue to follow the health advice. You can read the Treasurer’s Ministerial Statement here.
Treasurer’s Ministerial Statement here.

 

Exercise is very good for you!
WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity

Exercise at Home, SHARE implemented zoom classes, delivered exercise equipment to the homes of participants but it is up to each individual to take responsibility for their lives. EXERCISE IS A MUST – it’s a pill for good health.
During COVID -19 one of the biggest issues was lack of exercise and SHARE’s participants did not get their weekly exercise. Our classes are for good physical activities, it is varied which gives people choices, connects people, addresses isolation and mental health. JOIN OUR CLASS!

Our programs also increase knowledge of the benefits of exercise, people share their stories and our classes are tailored to individual’s needs. All levels of governments talked about the importance of exercise and SHARE has been delivering these for 30+ years.
Note: 48% of Australian do not exercise. WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity – more active people for a healthier world and their goal is to reduce physical inactivity.
We call on all levels of government to please support SHARE to make a difference in people’s lives at so many levels particularly for mental well being.

Community Aid Care Packs - Food Hampers continue to be delivered to our participants 

Every week, office staff, Board members and volunteers connect with older members of the community who 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.
Some of our participants are vulnerable particularly to COVID -19, we have quickly planned and implemented support services to provide what they need, alleviate heighten levels of anxiety and a familiar face. We have kept in constant touch with our participants, partners, suppliers and general community alike by making calls to check-in or a zoom conversation with office staff.


As more care, our team has created care packages for individual participants and delivered as required. Packs are personalised so that there is something special that puts a smile on their face. General community have also been receiving our care pack, cooked food and food hampers, there is desperate need for basic things and we have filled that void. Our aim is to show that we are thinking of them and care for them on a very human level.

We have tried our best to assist as much as we can within our budgetary constraints and it is nothing short of rewarding. More than 60 care packs delivered in one week, 100+ food hampers dropped off house to house and educational materials in relation to exercise and nutrition provided to ensure they eat well and stay healthy. In addition we are assisting them with various pathways to seek assistance, counselling and rental assistance.
 
We are purchasing more food and basic essentials and to deliver, these are done twice a week now because the of enormous demand. We started as a small gesture but are now the demand has increased exponentially and with limited finances and resources we are doing our best. WANT TO HELP US TO HELP OTHERS – PLEASE CALL ADRIAN 8580 0628. We need food, essential items and volunteers – please help.

 

Building Partnership - Community engagement to help with stresses of COVID-19

If you're residents of Burwood Council. Make sure you have a look at Burwood Care program. Burwood Council cares about the health and wellbeing of the community during this challenging time of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In an effort to keep community safe and connected, Burwood Care Program has a range of services including friendly call, food care package and information services. 
For more information, please contact 9911 9911. 

 

SHARE is proud to announce collaborations partnership with Nepalese Community Association. Partnership is well balanced and SHARE has developed  platform to navigate exercise programs, counselling services, education and Nutrition programs. During the unprecedented time, we have stepped up to help this community by providing food hampers.

Meeting with community groups to identify and provide services to some needy people. Many young migrants are new to this country therefore are not eligible for any assistance, many work in coffee shops and have lost their jobs, and rents are behind, depression and stress, lack of food to eat and domestic violence are on the increase.
 
The group met to plan and strategise how SHARE can help in a meaningful and positive way

Ajay has joined our team to assist us during COVID-19 to help some of the vulnerable participants. What a wonderful thing to do when his business is suffering – our HUGE THANKS.
 
We encourage you to take your dry cleaning to Lawrence Shop 112A Westfield SC Hurstville – support those who support you! 
 
Heavily discounted when you mention SHARE: Doona’s, Blankets, Bed spreads was $65.00 now $40.00 and so on. Oh, one more great thing, they only use environmentally friendly products! 

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

To address the growing need to answer calls and simply to talk to people in need through isolation SHARE has engaged a Nurse.
Sagun Kandel is a caring and professional registered nurse who stepped up when asked “can you please help us”, much to our surprise he did not even blink an eye and immediately said YES when do I start.
Sagun is an advocate for health promotions. Sagun is passionate to provide patients with education on the prevention of illness and injury, provide care and assist in cure, participate in rehabilitation, and provide support.
We are honoured to have Sagun in our team and since he commenced we have received hundreds of calls.

He is in the head office every Mondays from 9.30 am till 3.00 pm, call us and ask for Sagun. On behalf of all us Thank you Sagun!

A time of uncertainty and threat can be hard for anyone. It can be particularly hard for people who are already living with the effects of previous depression, stressed, traumas, and anxiety and simply unwell. Now more than ever it’s important for us to do what we can to look after ourselves and our loved ones. And to support one another to stay as calm as possible and to walk alongside one another through this difficult time.
SHARE exercise programs tries to provide a platform that helps people with stress and anxiety, we understand that this may not be enough or makes it easier for people to manage. This is a real issue and not all of us are born with coping mechanisms but we are trying to help, we saw in very recent experiences of us and our fellow Australians doing just that. During the recent bushfires and the flash flooding which followed we saw communities and, in fact, the whole country unite with a common sense of purpose. That purpose was to help and support our fellow Australians. We evidenced the best of the human spirit - despite and during adversity, people showing remarkable courage and compassion to pull together to help rebuild a safe cohesive community. It was a time of resilience and recovery, with the fresh growth we’ve seen literally sprouting around us and the hope that personifies.
 
Already now we are seeing some incredible efforts from our health and community services, seeking to guide and support us, as we all try and understand the best ways to stay and be safe and well.
 

There is no problem airing stress and anxiety there must not be any stigma attached to mental health issues it is not different to saying “ I have cancer, or  diabetes and so on” Our minds are one of the most important part of our anatomy so do we not give it the same care. Be grave and shout out when you feel overwhelmed and not coping. Seek help and call us for a great exercise program that will help.
 
Looking after yourself - As always, and even more so during these times, it’s important to focus on the activities and daily routines which help support your feelings of wellbeing. Although some of these may need to be varied during this period, such as during times of self-isolation or other imposed restrictions, getting as much restorative sleep as you’re able, eating well and exercising to keep healthy and doing things you enjoy is a good place to start. So too is staying connected with friends, family and other support networks.

 
New global survey confirms Lupus Greatly Impacts Physical Function and Quality of Life

A new global survey of more than 3,500 people with lupus, including from Australia, released by the World Lupus Federation (WLF) for World Lupus Day 2020, confirms that for nearly 7 in 10 participants lupus hampers their mobility. The majority of survey respondents also reported that they are prevented from doing daily activities because of lupus, including limitations going up and down stairs (67%) and doing chores (69%) such as vacuuming or working in the garden.

Pain from lupus is also a significant issue. Nearly 90% of participants responded that pain interfered with normal activities, including housework and work outside the home. Additionally, 73% of survey participants responded they are physically less active than other persons their age who do not have lupus.

The international survey included respondents from over 70 countries, including Australia, and reinforces the devastating and life-altering effects lupus can cause to physical function for the estimated five million people who live with the disease across the globe.

As Giselle explains, the current coronavirus pandemic adds yet another challenge: “As a female who has battled with lupus for 16 years, from age 18, the threat of coronavirus means that I have to be more careful than most. 

“I know too well how dangerous a virus can be to those with lupus. A few years ago, I had a virus called CMV (cytomegalovirus), which landed me in ICU with pneumonia, intubated and on a ventilator. I recovered after 12 days in hospital. It makes the threat of coronavirus very real,” she said.

“In this time of pandemic, every single person living with lupus is taking extreme care to not get infected with the virus,” explains Barbara Ward one of the founding members of World Lupus Federation and President of Lupus Association Australia. “These are the stories we hear every day. The severity of this disease is completely misunderstood. The negative impacts extend to every aspect of life for the approx. 35,000 currently living with lupus.”


Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system is out of balance, producing antibodies that ravage healthy tissue and organs. The disease most often affects the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart and lungs. While therapies are available to help manage symptoms, there is no cure for lupus. The level of awareness and research of lupus is low compared to the disease's impact worldwide, which is why sharing data on the effects of lupus is so important. 

“Lupus Association Australia is committed to improving the quality of life for all those affected by lupus. Raising awareness of the challenges this debilitating disease has on people every day, with side effects of lupus on physical function and mobility, mental health from depression to suicide. It is our role to bring better understanding of the devastating impact of the disease not only for the patients, their families but for government leaders to increase funding for research into safer and more effective treatments, support, and education,” said Barbara Ward, President.

‘After decades of no real landscape changing breakthrough for lupus, the tide is beginning to turn, with a positive Phase 3 trial published early this year giving hope for a new medicine to be available at last, possibly by late 2021. It is wonderful to see the hard work of so many beginning to pay off, and give hope to patients, families, and clinicians too’ said Professor Eric Morand, Head, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health,Monash University Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences

About Lupus
Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, affects an estimated 5 million people worldwide and approximately 35,000 Australians, and is particularly prevalent in the indigenous community. Lupus affects people in all parts of the world and can develop in people of all ages, races, ethnicities and genders. Lupus is mot underdiagnosed and underfunded disease in modern times.

About Lupus Australia
Lupus Association Australia is a lupus patient organization, united to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. The LAA leads the annual observance of World Lupus Day to bring more considerable attention to the disease and its impact on millions of people worldwide. Now in its 17th year, World Lupus Day occurs on May 10 and includes education conferences, health fairs, media appearances and online promotions to raise public awareness and stimulate public and government actions to end lupus.

MEDIA CONTACT
Barbara Ward, President Lupus Association Australia (formerly Lupus NSW)
Mobile – 0412 291 365 | Barbara.ward01@bigpond.com
Increase the global understanding of lupus. Get involved and visit https://lupusnsw.org.au/ Help Us Solve The Cruel Mystery
Just for a Laugh break 

“Not that being coughed up is getting to me but just be careful because some people are going crazy.
 
Actually, I've just been talking about the daily grind with the coffee machine, microwave and toaster and all of us agreed that things are getting serious. I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything. Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant. In the end, the iron straightened me out as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing.
 
The hoover was very unsympathetic... told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over! The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything but the doorknob told me to get a grip. The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to ......yes, you guessed it .....pull myself together.”

SHARE IN MEDIA

Ageing causes bone health to decrease, leading to balance and flexibility issues, which can make it difficult to walk. However, engaging in exercise on a regular basis can strengthen muscles and also reduce the risk of a hip fracture, joint pain or age-related conditions such as osteoporosis.

Exercise may also help seniors to feel energised, happier and more confident while allowing them to accomplish everyday activities such as walking and cooking.

"SHARE is an organisation that is professional, welcoming, friendly and inspirational and this is what sets it apart from others," Adrian said.

"Participants tell us SHARE makes them feel supported, is engaging, helps them make connections to others, gives them a sense of community and belonging while creating stories and making them smile."

Adrian is passionate about the wellbeing of seniors and helping them achieve a healthy lifestyle. Under his leadership SHARE has been nominated for Business of the Year at the 2020 St George Local Business Awards.

Read the full article on The Leader here

What's On? 

International Nurse Day, 12 May

On 12 May each year International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

On International Nurses Day, NSW Health acknowledges the compassion, professionalism, and round-the-clock commitment of nurses caring for patients in the public health system. We celebrate and appreciate nurses, and the important role of nursing across the world.

SHARE would like to send a big Thank You and a virtual hug to all amazing front-line nurses around Australia, especially to all the workers fighting COVID-19!

National Volunteer Week 18 - 24 May

National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. At this uncertain time we feel that it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge Australia’s volunteers.

This year the theme is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”. 

During COVID19, we has been seeing so many wonderful Act of Kindness and Volunteerism around the community. SHARE would like to take this opportunity to send a great Thank You to all amazing volunteer out there, especially to our volunteer team including our Volunteer President and Board members, office volunteer team and volunteers at the pool.

National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June

In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

National Reconciliation Week started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first NRW.

SHARE supports NRW and strive to work closely with this community and provide more exercise classes, mental health and nutrition programs through our work and also by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another. 

World Environment Day, 5 June

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action for the protection of our environment. 

SHARE Tips to You

The great news is that with a period of social isolation upon us, we see silver-linings packed with opportunity to do those things we’ve been too busy to do!

Like how can we do things differently , how to attract new participants, what programs are we doing, why who benefits and so on.

 
Connect virtually with new people and with potential partners. Brainstorm new and creative campaigns to fundraise. Revamp our marketing collateral, get some ‘stories, the history, timeline of milestones with infographics and testimonials. 

A great report that highlights the incredible work we do in the community maybe go digital.

 

What's making news?

Painfully Concerning: Australian Seniors Deeply Worried By Spiralling Out-of-pocket Health Costs

Ian Henschke, the Chief Advocate for NSA, has stated that over the last decade, health costs have increased by 56.7 per cent, with inflation increasing by 23.5 per cent. With the underlying cause of increases remaining unaddressed, Australian seniors will be facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, which have increased by a whopping 66 per cent in the same period.
 
On April 1, private health funds upped their rates by 3.25 per cent, an increase which has left more Aussie battlers struggling to make ends meet. Seniors are also being slugged by a reduction in the government rebate, which means they are paying more of their premium.

Read the full article here
President Barbara Ward making news! Indian Telegraph. Click here to read the article 

The Indian Telegraph spoke to Barbara Ward, a high community achiever and current President of Rotary Club of Sydney who was awarded Paul Harris Fellow last year



Indus Age – Spotlight on International Women’s Day. Click here to read the article 


 


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