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If you’re fit, healthy and wondering how to help the community through the COVID-19 Pandemic, we’ve got you covered.

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The COVID19 outbreak has dominated news feeds with stories of stockpiling, health sector challenges, shortages and it’s fueling anxiety and stress.  If you want to feel happier, the best way researchers have found is to help others.

If You're Healthy and Fit, You Can Help Your Community

Bicycle NSW members may also be in better shape than average from all the regular exercise, so we came up with a few extra ideas to inspire you and we challenged ourselves too.  For those who are healthy, think of offering to:

  • Walk dogs for quarantined neighbours or the local animal shelter
  • Donate non-perishable food items and supplies to homeless shelters or soup kitchens in your area
  • Run errands on your bike for people who need to quarantine
  • Water plants or mow lawns for anyone unwell 
  • Help local volunteer groups running short of staff or resources due to quarantine
  • Clean up a local creek, area of bushland or beach
  • Set up an online group to support neighbours who need to self isolate

Donating Blood

The cancellation of the rest of her surf rowing competitions left one of our team with a unique opportunity to face her fears and help out. 

Right now the Australian Red Cross needs a hand, because some regular donors need to self isolate.   It may also become more difficult to import blood for life saving therapies.

“I hate needles and have always given sport as my reason for not donating blood, but I felt guilty as friends and colleagues rolled their sleeves up,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.

“As someone in excellent health with no more competitions this season, I ran out of excuses,” said Bastien.

The Red Cross has a quiz to help you work out if you’re eligible to donate blood. Why not challenge a friend to complete it or to check out our resource page if they're going to ride more to avoid the virus.

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