2020 – Certainly a year to reflect on

By Paul Ryan from the Golden Valley Keperra Lions Club

2020 was a year of challenges for most people with the COVID 19 pandemic being likened to the N1H1 or Spanish Flu in 1918.

We were encouraged to stay at home, practice social distancing, increase our personal hygiene regime and wear masks. Businesses were forced to shut their doors,  employees worked from home and schools sent children home to be home schooled. Governments and Places of Worship Churches had to hold virtual sittings and major sporting and social events were held without crowds. Community organisations were also severely affected as they could not raise funds or provide their assistance when required.

While we all want to kick 2020 to the curb, I believe it will be seen as a defining year in Australia’s History. We can be proud of our Federal and State Governments, their health departments and swift actions that helped contain the virus along with the financial support offered that assisted the population and many businesses. We can be proud of health care workers who placed themselves in danger to help those who contracted the virus. In addition, our medical researchers worked around the clock to find a vaccine and workshopped ideas with others around the world. Furthermore, businesses reinvented themselves and found way to keep their staff employed an universities and schools found new ways to engage their students minds.  

While COVID is not over yet, congratulations to everyone for the part they played in containing this virus. Australia had a population of 5 million in 1918  and around 15,000 people died due to Spanish Flu. Today with a population of 25.5 million to date, we have recorded 908 deaths.

Finally, a big thank you to the community for their support of Lions Clubs Christmas Cake sales and thanks also to our Lions members for staffing the stalls

Remember, we also need new members to help with our programs. If you are interested in community service, give me a call or send me an email, I’m happy to discuss. Email gvk@lionsq3.org.au, call 0409 688 675 or visit www.lionsclubs.org.au

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