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Heartwarming ways communities have connected in the face of Covid-19

It's a challenging time around the world, but challenging times can bring out the best in humanity.

Written by
Divya Venkataraman

The outbreak of Covid-19 has upended the lives of many people worldwide. But in the face of fear and chaos, it's heartening to see how people have united across the globe in displays of genuine kindness and community.

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1. #viralkindness
The Viral Kindness campaign which started in Cornwall, England has spread across the world connecting people to others in their neighbourhood who are sick, elderly or self-isolating in this time of need. Find a community group near you on their website.

2. Italian balcony choirs
If you haven’t seen videos of Italians singing and keeping their fierce, patriotic spirits alive despite being quarantined inside their apartments, you’re in for a treat.  

3. Boozy, botanical hand-san
Gin distilleries are deciding to use their ability to make potent formulations for good! Manly Spirits, Archie Rose and SevenZeroEight are among the Australian brands now making hand sanitiser adhering to the WHO's guidelines on the alcohol concentrations required for effectiveness. 

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Waiting on the first batch of Archie Rose Hand Sanitiser? We hear you. We as a business and team, along with the retail and hospitality industries—and all Australians—are facing incredibly difficult times which includes today's shutdown of bar service at the Archie Rose Bar in Rosebery, Sydney. This sadly impacts our 20-plus bar and hospitality team. In an effort to bolster supplies nationwide and maintain the employment of as many of our team as possible, we have now re-allocated our spirits production capacity to hand sanitiser, with approximately 4,500 x 500ml bottles available to purchase via the Archie Rose website right now. The product formulation follows the World Health Organisation guidelines for effective and safe sanitiser, while also featuring Archie Rose’s own natural grapefruit, cassia, cardamom and thyme botanical distillates from our gin production. According to our founder, Will Edwards: “We’re in a unique position to manufacture this essential product —with the required federal licences, dangerous goods approvals, access to raw materials and expertise—and so we’re now making hand sanitiser our production focus. We will continue to produce sanitiser for as long as we can, or as long as is required, and this will also support the redeployment of as many of our full time bar staff as possible to assist in filling, packaging and shipping the product.” Pre-order begins now at $20 per bottle with a purchase limit of 6 bottles per person to ensure as many people as possible get fair access to this product. The first batch will leave the distillery this Thursday 26 March. Link in bio. 🙏🧼

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4. Drop-off donations
‘Donation fences’ have popped up across Germany for people to leave necessities without contact.

5. From fine dining to food banks

Gourmet chef José Andrés has converted some of his shuttered restaurants into community soup kitchens and has launched mobile food bank services to provide nourishment to those in need.

6. A new, virtual world opens
As a result of the outbreak of Covid-19, operas, musicians, top chefs, and famous galleries have flung open their digital doors so the wider public can access their content in their own homes, for free. Hopefully, this erasure of geographic and financial barriers heralds the beginning of greater accessibility to cultural institutions in the future, even after the storm passes. 

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