Covid-19 Australia: Elderly woman living alone has no food in Sydney lockdown

Single elderly woman has to write a letter to friend begging for $20 to buy groceries after she went without food during Sydney lockdown

  • An elderly woman living alone in Sydney was reportedly without food
  • A post in a Facebook group says she didn’t leave the house during the lockdown
  • In desperation, the woman would have written to a friend for $20. to ask
  • Once she had the money, she ventured to a supermarket
  • A volunteer from the local community noticed her grief and helped with her shopping
  • Charity workers urge Sydneysiders to watch out for vulnerable neighbours

An elderly woman living alone in Sydney and “going without food” during the city’s grueling lockdown was forced to write to a friend, begging for $20 to buy groceries.

A member of the Facebook community group for Cremorne and Neutral Bay, north of the CBD, said she knew a woman who had barely eaten or left her home since the shutdown began on June 26, nine weeks ago.

In desperation, the woman is said to have written to a friend in South Australia to spend the paltry $20 on food.

Once she received the money, the woman finally ventured to a supermarket where a volunteer from the local community noticed her despair and helped her with her shopping.

The charity worker who shared the story online urged Sydneysiders to watch out for their vulnerable neighbors and elderly relatives who may be struggling to meet their basic needs as the lockdown continues.

A member of the Facebook community group for Cremorne and Neutral Bay said she knew a woman who had barely eaten or left her home since the Sydney shutdown began on June 26.

New South Wales hit another grim milestone on Thursday with a record 1,029 overnight cases – the state’s highest daily total since the pandemic began in early 2020.

Three unvaccinated residents, men in their thirties, sixties and eighties from the west and southwest of the city, also died overnight as Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced new freedoms for those double-vaccinated as of Sept. 13.

“I’m bringing out a story I just heard about an elderly lady in Cremorne who is alone and doesn’t eat because she couldn’t go out and figure out how to get food during the lockdown,” the woman wrote on Facebook.

“Luckily, one of our volunteers found her at the local supermarket and helped her. She was on her own and had to write a letter to a friend in South Australia to send her $20.’

Services available for the elderly and vulnerable in lockdown

Advocacy network for the elderly (OPAN)

Call 1800 700 600 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to contact the aged care advocacy organization in your state or area.

Community Care Kitchen Australia

Anyone struggling to find money for food can contact the emergency hotline on 0459 425 818.

Care2Share Meal Sharing Australia

This Facebook group allows people to donate food and supplies to those in need by posting their offerings online. Members in need can contact posters directly and receive donations via private messages.

The volunteer ended her post with a plea to readers, asking them to watch out for the elderly and isolated.

“If they are having a hard time let us know and we can organize a package for them – this is also for families who have lost their jobs and are suffering,” she wrote.

“We send food west and inland, but we can help our own. Please keep your eyes and ears open.’

It is not clear which charity is involved.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the woman for comment.

Her post revealed the heartwarming community spirit of North Sydneysiders and gathered dozens of responses, many offering to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Community aid workers urge Sydneysiders to watch out for vulnerable neighbors as the city's grueling lockdown continues (stock image)

Community aid workers urge Sydneysiders to watch out for vulnerable neighbors as the city’s grueling lockdown continues (stock image)

“This is just heartbreaking. I’m near the IGA in Cremorne and more than happy to help,” one woman replied.

A second added: ‘Oh my goodness, that’s so hard and sad to hear, I hope she’s okay. Would do anything to help.’

Others said the woman needs to be registered with My Aged Care so she can be connected to a home help service.

Meanwhile, some offered suggestions for simple ways to make the lives of older people easier.

“When I’m out for a walk, I always ask older people if they’re okay and if there’s anything I can do for them. They love my dog, so we talk a little bit about dogs. Poor things,” said one woman.

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