A Umina Beach local and small business owner is helping send a slice of hope to COVID-impacted hospitals as a way of saying thanks to front-line health workers doing it tough in Sydney’s most affected areas.
Founder of the Stay Tooned group of companies and Australian Businesswoman of the Year, Kate Toon, said she had designed and sent batches of ‘You Are Awesome’ cookies to nurses in Sydney.
“I know it’s not an earth-shattering contribution, but like all small business owners right now, I’m doing it tough,” Toon said.
“I wanted to do something that would show the frontline workers they’re appreciated and bring a little smile to their day.
“I thought about a COVID-19 message, but in the end, I decided what we all need right now is a ray of sunshine and positivity – a break from the doom and gloom.”
“We spoke to some nurses, and they said that often the night shift workers missed out, so we’re sending different boxes for different shifts, in the hope that everyone will get to share in this little sweet moment.
Initially, hundreds of the cookies were sent to four hospitals that have been heavily affected by the COVID crisis: Westmead, Nepean, St George and Liverpool hospitals.
Toon said the cookies had been created with the help of Adriana Parncutt from Lisarow-based business, Adri’s Gingerbread.
“Life is pretty hard for so many at the moment, a little treat might just help a little,” Parncutt said.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help raise funds to send out more cookies to frontline workers, with donations expected to help cover the cost of the cookies and postage charges.
As of Tuesday, September 21, over $600 had been raised of the $2000 goal.
“I’m hopeful that with the support of other businesses we can send even more cookies and bring some warm and fuzzies to the frontline workers who need it most,” Toon said.
More information about the fundraiser can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid-cookies-for-medical-staff?
Media release, Sept 21