Safely Connecting Multicultural Seniors during Coronavirus

I am very proud to say that Victoria’s multicultural seniors have built the social, economic and cultural backbone of our state and made it the place we proudly call home. They have seen and overcome so much, but a global pandemic is a brand-new challenge and one they should not face alone. That is why the Andrews government has announced $2.1 million in funding to support multicultural seniors groups to help keep them safely connected.

We have provided almost 900 Victorian multicultural seniors groups grants of $2000, to purchase IT equipment, run programs to support multicultural seniors and to provide the timely distribution of coronavirus information. Alongside this funding comes liability insurance and personal accident cover for 2021, saving organisations up to $5,000 each.

I am very pleased that the following seniors groups in the Hawthorn electorate have been included in the Coronavirus Support for Multicultural Seniors program:

  • Associazione Amica Pensionati Italiani Di Hawthorn
  • Boroondara Camberwell Greek Senior Citizens Club
  • Camberwell Senior Citizens Club
  • German Senior Citizens Club
  • Glen Iris/Burwood Greek Senior Citizens Club
  • Ex-servicemen’s Greek Elderly Citizens Club of Kew
  • Stonnington Indian Seniors Club

It was a delight to chat on the phone with each group and inform them of this well-earned news. I gave a Member’s Statement to the House of Representatives on the 28th of October to express my pride in this funding.