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The grassroots community project providing frontline health workers with tasty and nutritious meals, snacks, and drinks has been expanded to include staff at Tweed Hospital.

The Echo has learned that the Front Up for the Frontline team completed a successful pilot program, delivering meals for overnight staff in ED, ICU, and selected wards at The Tweed Hospital last week. 

One of the organisers of the project, Sarah Armstrong, said, ‘We’re looking forward to working with NSW Health to expand our support for workers at Tweed and thank our meal supplier, Dinner is Served, for their generosity and support in getting the program off the ground’.

The project, which began with a GoFundMe page, has already been providing meals, snacks, and drinks to health workers at Byron and Lismore hospitals thanks to the generosity of residents and local businesses.

Total financial donations for the fundraiser have now exceeded $30,000.

In-kind donations

There has also been a very large wave of support from local businesses, who have made in-kind donations.  

‘Our little team have been so heartened by the way that the community has got behind our GoFundMe,’ Ms Armstrong said.

There is now also a growing group of volunteers who have also stepped in to help.

Meanwhile, the Brunswick Picture House has come to the party, donating $6,000 worth of tickets to its shows, so that frontline staff can enjoy some free entertainment when they get a rare night off.

‘A Picture House staff member recently spent a couple of nights in hospital and witnessed firsthand the dedication and care provided,’ a spokesperson for the venue said.

‘The exhaustion was noticeable on some of their faces and yet they soldiered on with the utmost professionalism, humour, and perseverance. 

‘We’ve decided to donate over $6,000 worth of complimentary tickets to our shows over the next month so that any frontline workers across the Northern Rivers can take a night off, leave their troubles at the door and enjoy a night of entertainment, on us.

‘We’re hoping that laughter is the best medicine.’

To donate or volunteer, go to the group’s Facebook page: Front Up for the Frontline – Northern Rivers, or directly to the GoFundMe page.

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