By Laura Michell
Community-minded Hume residents are doing what they can to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With non-essential services, including cafes, restaurants, gyms and sports centres now closed, and children on extended school holidays, residents across Hume are reaching out to let the community know they are here to help.
Among those hoping to ease the impact of social distancing measures is Zumba instructor Natasha Grech.
Ms Grech will be running a virtual Zumba class this Thursday at 7pm to help people stay active.
She usually teaches Zumba at Craigieburn’s Fernwood Fitness but is unable to do so as a result of the federal government’s decision to close non-essential services.
“As the days went on and more places were going into lockdown… I decided I wanted to continue to spread the Zumba joy to everyone,” she said.
“I have been teaching Zumba fr nine years and over that time [I have] taught at various gyms, local markets and most recently at the Craigieburn Festival.
“If there is lots of interest I will definitely consider doing it more often. I want to help out any way I can.”
Kalkallo’s Marina Trninic is hoping her Angel Shoppers Facebook group will also be able to help the community over the coming weeks.
The Angel Shoppers will pick up groceries and medicine for people in need in their local area and deliver to their doorsteps, for free.
“I think it’s vital for people to come together as a community in times like this because we are all one.,” she said.”