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Hello there,

What a year it has been! COVID 19 has certainly turned our lives upside-down. Varying lockdowns and social restrictions have given us all a feel of what it’s like to be isolated. While many of us only had to stay at home for a few months, there are many of us oldies who continually live in isolation and need your support. 

For a year that seems to have gone on forever, I can’t believe it is nearly Christmas again. Being alone at Christmas brings its own kind of loneliness. 

I would like to invite you to become a Secret Santa by giving a gift or donation to STAR Community Services.

Your kind donation will enable STAR to give a Christmas present to an elderly person who is on their own!

Let’s show our elderly that we can end this extraordinarily difficult year with a thoughtful gift that shows how much they are cared for and that they are not forgotten.  

Hugh Cornish AM

How do you become a Secret Santa?

Make a donation online at https://www.givenow.com.au/starcommunityservices

or drop a gift or non-perishable food items to:

Redlands Locations

Bendigo Bank 127 Colburn Ave, Victoria Point

Chemist Warehouse, JO2 11/13 Bunker Rd, Victoria Pt

Grill’d Victoria Point, Lake Side Shopping Centre, Bunker Rd

IGA Mount Cotton, 101 Valley Way, Mt Cotton

IGA on Bloomfield, 207 Bloomfield St, Cleveland

Library, Capalaba, 14 Noeleen St, Capalaba

Library, Cleveland, Cnr Bloomfield and Middle Sts, Cleveland

Library, Victoria Point 7-15 Bunker Rd, Victoria Point

Pat Barrett Real Estate, 380 Main Rd, Wellington Pt

Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Road, Wellington Point

STAR office, Shop 15, 152 Shore Street, Cleveland

Ipswich and Logan Locations

Bridgestone Select, 5-11 Downs St, Ipswich

City Cave 5/260 Brisbane St, West Ipswich

City Cave, Spring Lake Metro Shopping Centre Shop 4, 1 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes

Wow Mobility 4/160 Brisbane Road, Booval

STAR office 5 Jacaranda Street, East Ipswich

Gift suggestions: socks, coffee, vouchers, pamper packs, hand-cream, fruitcake, tea cups, crockery, household goods, non-perishable food items anything that inspires you!

For further details contact Catherine Williams, Development Coordinator, STAR Community Services.

fundraising@starct.org.au - 07 3821 6699 - 152 Shore St West, Cleveland 4163

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We believe that everyone should have access to food, medication, companionship and services they need for a safe and healthy life.

These are unprecedented and uncertain times and we would like to reassure you that STAR Community Services will continue its work in the community and be here when you need us.

You may have seen in the ad in local paper about Sarah* who is on her own, has outlived her family and has no one to turn to. Sarah’s words, “I feel so alone”, are echoed in so many homes as we struggle to deal with what is happening.  While many elderly may be supported by their family, there are many more who have no one to turn to.

COVID-19 has highlighted the loneliness and anxiety of being isolated at home and while we need to go through this for a few months, there are many elderly who live their lives in isolation.  

STAR staff and volunteers are contacting vulnerable clients in the community, who are struggling with hardship, to ensure they are well and to ask what they need. This service includes access to food/medicine shopping, any essential help at their home and travel needs, such as to the Doctor or hospital. STAR has programs in place that are mostly subsidised, however, even with a subsidy some elderly people are struggling financially to get the services they need.  There are elderly people who do not access these services because they are already under financial pressure and cannot afford to pay, so they go without. 

Right now, all vulnerable people have been told to stay at home to protect their health.  However, they need the essentials now! STAR is bridging the ‘gap’ by safely delivering vital medication, food and services to those in need.   

If you have been thinking, “What can I do to help?” Well, this is it!

If you have capacity, please consider supporting someone like Sarah* by making a donation. You will be supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

$58.50 covers the cost of an elderly person having their food or medication delivered for 3 months. $20 will give support for a range of services for a person that is facing hardship and needs help now.  

Please feel free to share this information with your family or friends. 

If you would like to help in any way or you know someone who would benefit from a gift, please contact Catherine Williams, STAR’s Development Coordinator on 3821 6699 or email fundraising@starct.org.au 

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