Melbourne community rallies to donate care packs for frontline health workers

Last week, a Melbourne nurse called Ebony contacted GOLD 104.3’s The Christian O’Connell Show  asking for his help to get a small supply of Powerade.

The drink was for her dehydrated colleagues who spend their whole shift working in PPE and aren’t able to rehydrate while they are working.
Christian shared her story and within just a few minutes, listeners had pulled together to offer their support.
In the past week, Melbourne’s business community have rallied to donate thousands of bottles of water and Powerade to help frontline health workers and Coles have partnered with The Christian O’Connell Show to donate, 2,500 care packs which will be sent out to 22 hospitals across Victoria.

The Coles care packages are ready-to-grab bags of essential items including, Powerade, tea, coffee, ready meals, snacks, and other important items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balms, face wipes, and hand creams.
In addition to the Coles care packages, donations for frontline workers have included:

  • AIA has donated $5,000
  • Coca-Cola Australia has donated 10,000 bottles of Powerade and Mt Franklin water.
  • E&S have donated a coffee machine and fridge to two hospitals in need.

Every day, nurses and healthcare workers have been sharing stories on GOLD 104.3 about the challenges they face and listeners have been leaving their messages of support, often for their own friends and family members who are working tirelessly for the health and safety of Melbourne residents.






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