Macarthur charities benefit from multicultural Covid-19 support grant

 Australian Pacific and Maori Community Services volunteers have received a $5000 grant.

Australian Pacific and Maori Community Services volunteers have received a $5000 grant.

Two of Macarthur's multicultural community organisations are set to benefit from a COVID-19 Community Support Grant to help them provide immediate assistance to people in need.

Big Yellow Umbrella and Australian Pacific and Maori Community Services are receiving $5000 to help them prioritise immediate community care support.

The charities can use the state government grant to provide basic necessities like food, transport and language support.

Australian Pacific and Maori Community Services coordinator Siosana Vaivevea said they would use the money to support their food service initiative.

"The money will be used to buy food supplies for our hampers and pay for the truck that we hire to transport the food," she said.

"We are really grateful to have the support of the government to help these people.

"We have also had the privilege of working with Campbelltown Council during this time."

Ms Vaivevea said more people had been seeking the group's help since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

"We went from 25 hampers a week to about 36 every week since the pandemic began," she said.

"People from other areas have been coming to us for support as well.

"We cater for everyone in the community - we have clients of all cultural backgrounds."

The passionate Macarthur local said vulnerable people in the community needed support now more than ever.

"Our clients mean a lot to us, even though we have our own struggles, we have to remember it's important to stand together," Ms Vaivevea said.

"We need to remember the little things that we can do to put a smile on people's face.

"During this pandemic it's important to remember that we are all humans with a heart."

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said he was delighted that these two groups had received money from the grant.

"We have all heard encouraging stories over the past few months showcasing communities helping our most vulnerable," he said.

"This selfless civic spirit is what makes NSW so great.

"Strong communities support each other through challenges.

"This funding will enable Big Yellow Umbrella and the Australian Pacific and Maori Community Services to continue to help the most vulnerable."

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