A group of generous Geelong taxi drivers are offering free delivery services to those in need during lockdown

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A group of generous Geelong taxi drivers are offering free delivery services to those in need during lockdown

Spreading love and kindness to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic.

In these times of rising cases and state-wide lockdowns, it can be easy to feel discouraged, depressed, and uncertain of what the future holds. But moments of kindness around the world have been consistent since the beginning of the outbreak. In the face of this crisis, we’ve seen people come together to develop volunteer networks, create inspirational videos, and give each other messages of love.

And despite the pandemic beginning more than 12 months ago, that hasn’t stopped.

One that has left us feeling hopeful and connected in these difficult times is the group of kind-hearted taxi drivers offering to deliver packages and parcels free of charge to people in need in the Geelong region.

For the fourth time, the taxi drivers are back for the seven-day lockdown, offering to deliver any kind of parcel free of cost in the Geelong region while the state is in circuit-breaker restrictions.

Following their volunteer services back in April and then August at the height of Victoria’s first and second wave, and then again back in February during our five-day circuit breaker, the cricket friends have taken to community groups on social media to once again to offer their driving services to delivery items for free to the elderly, to those with disabilities, and to friends and family who are in isolation and cannot leave their home.

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The parcels can include food and groceries, medication, click and collect from supermarkets, or any other small items which can fit in a standard car. The parcels can be delivered between 10am and 5pm for those within a 10km radius of the location, but if there’s anything urgent, the big-hearted drivers will do their best to accommodate. The parcel must be supplied by you and if it is click and collect it must be paid in full.

“We are also happy to supply some food if in need of,” Mount Duneed resident Harry Sharma said in the post.

“If you are struggling please do not be shy, it’s time for helping each other.”

To organise a delivery for someone in need, simply call or send a text message with your name, pick up address and type of delivery.

For Mount Duneed, Armstrong and Surroundings areas, you can message Harry (0469 921 827) and Raman (0430 791 456); for Leopold and surroundings you can message Sam (0490 060914) and for East Geelong and surroundings you can message Kev (0421 183 255).

If seeing people using their downtime to help their community doesn’t warm your soul today, I don’t know what will.

If you or someone you know needs help or information regarding mental health this lockdown, please contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, beyondblue on 1300 224 636 or SANE Australia on 1800 18 7263