A lot can be said about the current times. For some it’s a season of unknown; there’s fear for our future, uncertainty about what even “future” entails. For others in isolation this might also bring loneliness, or unemployment. One thing about a global pandemic is that around the world we’re all facing a season of rapid change and many challenges as we come to grips with what that means to us as an individual, a family, a community – the world! While it’s been great to be re-connected with friends around the world to chat, I’m missing one on one catch ups with our friends around the corner. I’m thankful that I have a job and can work from home, but I am regularly suffering from cabin fever from being confined for a month in a small house with a family of four. However, I do feel privileged to live on an island (albeit a very large one) that has a publicly funded and prepared health system that so far has coped through this. And be able to run, walk and get out freely each day.
It’s been sad, alarming, and quite distressing to see so many stories around the world where this is not the case. So I am so much in admiration for the action taken by the Government of Nepal to enforce lockdown while they continue to strengthen the capacity of hospitals across the country. This includes INF’s Green Pastures hospital, in Pokhara, from where staff have been placed on call with the Gandaki Province Health Directorate to respond to COVID-19. But it doesn’t just stop there. INF has always cared for the poorest and most vulnerable people in Nepal. Whether it is treating those with illness or disability through their hospitals and community-based work, or working to support and empower women and men to make a change in their communities – motivated by faith, hope and love, INF is there.
You can read more about what INF is doing here: INF Responding to coronavirus
We can’t solve this crisis alone, and we all have our own challenges, but in the midst of this I have been motivated by my next month’s running challenge: “Run it Anyway in May”, a virtual event to raise support for charities whose reliance on funding is being impacted by the currently challenging times. I am going to pace out 12 km for INF – the equivalent of the annual Adelaide City to Bay event – as they continue to work with authorities in Nepal to provide essential clinical support for COVID-19 response, development of community education material and relief, and support for poor and vulnerable people. Every dollar counts for each step of the way, bringing us all together as we work to fight this pandemic, globally. Can you help me help Nepal?
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