Community organisations supply face masks for vulnerable community members

 Mathew Dillon and Kiki Avramidis from The Parks Community Network, with McMahon MP Chris Bowen and Usha Rao, Executive Manager of Community Services for Community First Step.
Mathew Dillon and Kiki Avramidis from The Parks Community Network, with McMahon MP Chris Bowen and Usha Rao, Executive Manager of Community Services for Community First Step.

Community First Step, in collaboration with The Parks Community Network, are manufacturing and distributing face masks for vulnerable community members in south-west Sydney.

The two not-for-profit organisationshave been collaborating during the COVID-19 period in the distribution of food hampers and frozen meals with 500 initial masks to be distributed along with the frozen meals.

McMahon MP Chris Bowen visited Community First Step in Fairfield on Tuesday to thank the volunteers from the Wetherill Park-based The Parks Community Network who made the masks.

"It's been a difficult time for the community but I see hope in signs of the community coming together to help those doing the toughest in these circumstances" Mr Bowen said.

"It's also great to see the community spirit is still alive with those making the masks, who might be isolating at home, still doing their bit to give back to the community.

 McMahon MP Chris Bowen with some of the volunteers who made the masks.

McMahon MP Chris Bowen with some of the volunteers who made the masks.

"It's great to see two of our best known community organisations working to supply face masks to local residents."

Community First Step chief executive John Gilmore said they have been working closely with Neil Perry Kitchens and OzHarvest to distribute the frozen meals.

"COVID could have very easily driven the community apart," he said.

"But I'm so proud of the collaboration between community organisations like the Parks Community Network, first with frozen meal distribution and now the masks distribution."