Response to the Pandemic

Our team responded to the NSW extended lockdown in a big way, creating 5 key initiatives to assist our community.

Fortnightly Positive Panels

Every second Friday, we hosted a Zoom meeting of prominent local identities from all walks of life, that was streamed Live on Facebook under the banner Getting Through Lockdown. This was to provide encouragement and support to the wider community to assist them get through tough times and build community resilience.

The panelists outlined positive actions that people could implement into their daily lives to assist their mental and physical wellbeing during this challenging period. They helped people who were isolated due to the lockdown and prepared the community to rebound from adversity.

The panels were individually viewed by over 50,155 people on social media.

“Good Morning Macarthur encouraged us using local people to be motivated and uplifted.  For example, in many of my talks I passed on the tips from the school principal about home schooling and this helped so many parents!” said Australian Local Hero of the Year Rosemary Kariuki.

Promoting NSW Health & Vaccination Messages

Good Morning Macarthur was at the forefront of spreading key health messages to our large local multicultural community. We initiated, produced and distributed several videos promoting important messages regarding COVID 19 vaccinations. The videos featured prominent community leaders from across the board. We partnered with the Campbelltown Police and South West Health South Western Sydney Local Health District on this project.

Campbelltown’s Citizen of the Year and respected Aboriginal elder Uncle Ivan Wellington said, “This is a wonderful initiative to ensure that even our mob goes and gets the jab to protect the community”.



Translating Lockdown Rules

As new lockdown rules were introduced, communities from non-English speaking backgrounds were often left in the dark. To fill this gap in communication, Good Morning Macarthur brought together many leaders of these communities to update their people with the unfolding rules in their mother languages.

Food & Groceries Assistance

Rainbow Crossing assisted the Shining Stars Foundation by cooking much needed meals for the homeless during this period. We also partnered with Turbans 4 Australia and Quest Apartments Campbelltown to provide timely grocery hampers for the newly arrived Afghan refugees. We also provided toiletries for the ladies as well as games and clothes for the children.

Lockdown Heroes Awards

Good Morning Macarthur collaborated with Trophy Mart, Leumeah and the Mayor of Campbelltown George Brticevic to honour 31 community members who went over and above to provide assistance and support to our community during the extended lockdown. These heroes were nominated by the community and the Mayor announced the winners over 5 weeks on GMM’s Wednesday Evenings Live. The project culminated in a gala Awards Presentation evening hosted by Rainbow Crossing at Oz Funland.

Thriving Past Lockdown

​40+ Speakers, 16 Sessions, 8 Weeks… ‘Thriving Past Lockdown’ was a free program delivered by Rainbow Crossing Inc made possible with funding from the NSW Government.

Over 78,000 participants tuned in online to learn about a variety of topics to assist with their personal growth, participate in simple creative processes, and hear inspiring migrant stories of resilience and success.

The program uniquely addressed unmet community needs especially within multicultural communities in the areas of:

  • Mental health problems accentuated by the pandemic,
  • Isolation brought about by extended lockdown,
  • Addressing plummeting self-esteem and confidence due to severe lack of certainty and hope.

Speakers from a wide spectrum of multicultural communities and varied walks of life included Australian Local Hero of the Year Rosemary Kariuki, Turbans4Australia founder & Parramatta Citizen of the Year Amar Singh, Holocaust survivor Ernie Friedlander OAM, popular Life Coach Rolf Fuchs, Rotary Inspirational Woman of the Year Fibha Frameen, Aboriginal elder Uncle Ivan Wellington, renowned choreographer Aruna Gandhi, Chair of NSW Council for Pacific Communities Mal Fruean, Founder of Cultural Diversity Network Cr. Sabrin Farooqi, Founder of Afghan Women on the Move Maryam Zahid, Mrs Universe Australia Kristine Santos and many more.

Each interactive session had a main topic after which participants could select a break out room of choice to either socialise or spark constructive conversations with experts around relevant issues like domestic violence, mental & physical fitness, mindset and more.


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