THE PEOPLE'S PLEDGE
We pledge to help bring humanity together in a common purpose to help slow the spread of this virus enough to allow hospitals to cope and a vaccine to be developed, and to strive to ensure that this crisis brings out the best in us. To each do our part, we pledge to:
STOP THE VIRUS - at our doorstep, by washing our hands regularly, avoiding unnecessary close contact with others, staying home when we feel unwell and seeking medical advice early.
PROTECT THE VULNERABLE - by offering love and assistance to those who need it most, and supporting humane policies to keep them safe.
SPREAD WISDOM - by sharing reliable, factual information with friends and family, and countering voices of fear and demonization with love and connection.
This crisis will mean that, for one of the few times in human history, many of us will have to stay home. Such social isolation could be the perfect breeding ground for fear and hatred to take hold of us. Or, if we choose to meet this adversity with love and determination, we could make it an unprecedented moment for humanity to come together as one. To care for each other, to be there for each other. We now have a common purpose, a common cause. Let's rise to it.
The above stunning pledge was sent to me by the Chair of our Board, Lisa Jones. On Tuesday night as the staff gathered (1.5m apart) we collectively read this pledge and encouraged each other to 'rise to it.'
We encourage all families to share this pledge with their family and various networks during these trying times.
It was also wonderful to see this 'pledge' in action earlier in the week as one of our parents, Jo Stanley, did letter drops in the neighbourhood, encouraging families to look out and after one another during these times. In particular, those that may be in isolation.
This beautiful initiative represented in the photo above was started by Melissa Pascoe (LSO) from our staff. Melissa thought that some staff may be short with various daily items or essentials around the house and brought in bag for the staff to share. We are blessed to have such thoughtful staff actioning the above 'pledge.'
Thanks Mrs Pepper for her very thoughtful gesture. Apples fresh from her orchard in Hastings. Yet to be proven, but worth a try.