The Aussie firefighter takes annual leave so that he can deliver messages to the elderly during coronavirus
An Australian firefighter has used his annual leave to buy and deliver groceries to older people who have trouble reaching stores during the coronavirus pandemic.
Todd Boaden, a firefighter for Fire and Rescue New South Wales, and his sister Hannah have volunteered to shop for their elderly neighbors in Rockdale, south Sydney, for the next month.
“We find retired retirees and the elderly in the supermarkets to help purchase essential supplies and pack and deliver,” Mr. Boaden told Daily Mail Australia.
“We all need to work together and help as much as possible in these scary and difficult times.”
The 31-year-old, who fought the Blue Mountains and Sussex Cove during the forest fire crisis, will pay for the groceries with a donated Coles voucher.
He has also vowed to use his own money for shopping if the voucher does not cover the costs.
Todd Boaden, a firefighter for Fire and Rescue New South Wales, and his sister Hannah (pictured) will be shopping for their vulnerable neighbors in Rockdale, south Sydney, the following month. Depicted with their grandfather
Mr. Boaden has paid for the groceries with a donated Coles voucher, but will also spend his own money shopping
The seven-year-old firefighter contacted Facebook to advertise the initiative and encouraged people to spread his offer to their older relatives.
“If you have a mom or dad, nana or grandpa, or know if someone is old and having a hard time, please tag them or let me know where they are and what they need help with,” he wrote.
“I am a patriotic Aussie and will probably never be called to war like my father or ancestors, but what I know about Australians is this: we are a proud and resilient people and we do everything in our power to help our partners to assist . ‘
Mr Boaden said that he will continue to volunteer while the pandemic continues.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 556
New South Wales: 267
South Australia: 32
Western Australia: 31
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 3
TOTAL CASES: 556
“These older people who are struggling right now fought wars for us and helped us educate and shape,” he said.
“They were once willing to give anything and the least young Aussies can do is give something back.”
Mr. Boaden has also provided much needed supplies to his grandfather, who lives at St. Brigid’s Green aged care center in Maroubra, as well as his parents and some of their friends.
His initiative comes just days after the introduction of Woolworths and Coles a special shopping hour for the elderly and disabled to stock up without being overwhelmed by the panic when buying chaos.
The problem has caused stress and frustration among older shoppers, many of whom find it difficult to visit supermarkets regularly for essential goods.
Panic purchases caused by the spread of the corona virus in Australia deprived supermarkets of toilet paper, pasta, rice and frozen foods, as well as canned goods and other dried goods.
Mr. Boaden (left) has also provided much needed supplies to his grandfather (right), who lives at St Brigid’s Green aged care center in Maroubra, and also has his parents and some of their friends
“The move was prompted by unprecedented supermarket demand last week, causing many elderly and vulnerable people in the community to miss out on essential items they might need when shopping,” Woolworths announced.
The supermarket giants close their doors at 8pm every evening to give staff the opportunity to refill and clean.
The doors reopen at 7am for older customers and people with disabilities, and reopen at 8am for the general public.
“We want to slow the panic,” said Woolworths director Claire Peters.
“We understand that our customers’ priority is to be prepared, but the vast majority of our food is grown or produced in Australia, so there is no concern about the offering. What we have is peak in demand. ‘
Coles held its first ‘community hour’ for seniors and holders of a 7-8-hour retirement card in the nationwide stores on Wednesday, before it was open to everyone.
People with government-issued franchise cards flocked to Woolworths on Tuesday, which implemented a similar measure, and IGA is considering whether to roll out the same.
It is because Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced stringent new measures for the care of the elderly to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
Elderly care facilities limit visits to a short duration and to a maximum of two visitors at a time.
“This could be immediate social support, family members, close friends, or professional counselors or lawyers,” Morrison told reporters on Wednesday morning.
Woolworths and Coles have introduced a special shopping hour for the elderly and disabled to stock up without being overwhelmed by the panic of buying chaos
Panic purchases caused stress on older shoppers. Pictured: People are waiting for the opening of the Woolworths supermarket in Balmain
“Visits should take place in a resident’s room, outside or in a specific space designated by the facility, rather than in common areas where the risk of transfer to other residents is greater.”
The prime minister also advised against any foreign travel, marking for the first time in Australia’s history that the government has told citizens not to go to any country.
Flights are still available, but Australians abroad have been told to return home as soon as possible if their flights are canceled and stranded abroad.
Mr. Morrison said, “We are raising the travel ban for Australians around the world to level 4. That is the first time in Australia’s history.
‘The travel advice for every Australian is not to travel abroad. Do not go abroad. ‘
Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised against all foreign travel and banned gatherings of more than 100 people while the country battled the coronavirus outbreak. Depicted at a press conference on Wednesday morning
The prime minister also banned non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
The ban does not apply to public transportation, medical facilities, prisons, parliaments, supermarkets, construction sites, mining sites and other essential gatherings.
“That is in effect now, and today, and those arrangements, in terms of the legal enforcement of those measures, are being put in place by the states and the territories,” said Morrison.
But on the advice of doctors, he stopped closing schools and initiating a full shutdown as seen in France, Spain, and Italy.
“It’s not Australian”: Prime Minister Scott Morrison demands that customers stop hoarding food
Scott Morrison urges Australians to stop hoarding food and other supplies as supermarkets struggle to make up for shortages during a corona virus pandemic.
The prime minister said panic buying chaos across the country is one of the “most disappointing things” he has seen in “Australian behavior” in response to this crisis.
“That’s not who we are as a people. It is not necessary. It’s not something people should be doing, “he said as he addressed the nation on Wednesday.
Scott Morrison urges Australians to stop hoarding food and other supplies as supermarkets struggle to fill shortages during a corona virus pandemic
“What it does is that it diverts the attention and effort it takes to take other measures to focus on how we maintain supply chains in these malls.
‘It is ridiculous. It is non-Australian, and it has to stop, and I would like to ask people to do the right thing together to master this kind of practice. ‘
He also asked people to refrain from “ misuse of staff, ” as online footage surfaced of customers verbally attacking grocery store employees for not being able to locate goods.