Thank You Frontline Workers

By Naomi Holdt

Last week I read an article written by an ICU doctor in the UK… last night I watched a video posted by an ER doctor in the US… today I chatted to an ICU doctor in South Africa… The message is the same… Things are tough in our hospitals, staff are working long shifts, conditions are devastating, morale is understandably very low…

This virus has most of us feeling very disempowered, but we are not defeated…

Years and years ago (and I really mean years ago), I used to participate in endurance events. There would be some races when I felt so exhausted… when I felt like I had nothing in me left to get me to the end… Somehow, the random cheers of sideline supporters gave me the extra fuel I needed to always cross that finish line… It didn’t matter that I didn’t know them personally… the fact that I knew they stood there made all the difference…

My friends, we are in one of the greatest ultra marathons of our time… Our frontline workers are ploughing ahead on our behalf… They deserve to know that we stand alongside them in support of their daily heroic actions…

Most of us don’t have medical degrees, we can’t ventilate or resuscitate patients… but we are not powerless to help in this war…

The smallest gestures can make the biggest difference… These have the potential to be the fuel that our frontline workers need…

Here’s my challenge to you… No matter what country you live in, or who you are… whether you are an individual, or part of a school, business, church or any organization, let’s help boost morale and show our appreciation. Get hold of your local hospital’s PR person and find out where you can deliver… A note of thanks, a cheerful drawing from your child, a few energy bars or cappuccino sticks… really, the sky is the limit here…

We have started collections in my town and I appeal to you to do the same…

It may not be you in the ICU today, but we know this virus is unpredictable, and tomorrow it could be you or a loved one…So share this post or create your own… Let’s make this act of support the biggest spreading viral event…

“Whenever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” (Kevin Heath)

This pandemic may have knocked us down, but we have not been defeated. Come on world, let’s support our frontline workers as they get us across the finish line…♥️🌈

PS. If you’re in the Midlands or Pietermaritzburg area in South Africa, we have drop off points at Village Feeds in Hilton and Athlone Circle Pick n Pay. Please help us fill up these boxes. If you’re not in these areas, please, please start your own collections. 🌎

 

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