Monash Health staff support Refugee Week Winter Appeal

Monash Health’s Refugee Health and Wellbeing Team has today paid tribute to the generous contribution of Monash Health employees to the Refugee Week Winter Appeal.

Twelve Monash Health sites/teams/wards participated in this year’s appeal, which netted around 4 cubic metres (or 2 tonnes) of food, personal items, blankets, and clothes.

Jacquie McBride, Manager of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Team, said the result exceeded their target.

“It was a truly marvellous effort which was totally beyond our expectations,” she said.

The donations have been delivered to Avocare, which is the distribution point for all the material aid agencies in the Greater Dandenong Community Aid Consortium. Monash Health’s donations are being sorted and packed right now by a small army of people, ready to be dispensed to people seeking asylum and facing destitution.

“I know they will be very grateful for the generosity of the Australian community at this difficult time,” Jacquie said.

“Abdul Razzaq (pictured with MH’s Rob Koch and Therese Watson from City of Greater Dandenong) is one of those grateful people who has been volunteering at Monash Health Community for the past five years. As usual, he helped out all day collecting and unloading, and he was genuinely overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff.”

Monash Health staff interested in knowing how they can contribute in the future can contact the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Team.