Geelong taxi drivers are offering free delivery services to those in need during the Stage 3 restrictions
03.08.2020

Geelong taxi drivers are offering free delivery services to those in need during the Stage 3 restrictions

WORDS BY TALIA RINALDO

Spreading love and kindness to lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic

As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise daily, and Victoria introduces stricter lockdowns (with regional Victoria returning to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions from Thursday), 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 one another messages of love.

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.

Following their volunteer services back in April at the height of Victoria’s first wave, the six cricket friends have taken to community groups on social media to once again to offer their driving services to the elderly, to those with disabilities, and to friends and family who are in isolation and cannot leave their home.

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 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.”

The parcels can be delivered between 10am and 5pm for those within an 8km radius of the location, but if there’s anything urgent, the big-hearted drivers will do their best to accommodate.

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); for East Geelong and surroundings you can message Kev (0421 183 255); and for Grovedale, Waurn Ponds and surroundings you can message Amrit (0401 267 634) and Harjot (0449 043 595).

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