With the lockdowns now being extended their impacts are now beginning to take their toll.
In our area we are seeing three levels of financial impact.
Minimal – Essential business and the businesses that support them.
Moderate – Those businesses that are closed to the public but continue to trade online via click and collect, or those that are doing takeaway and delivery. (reduction in income and just surviving)
Significant – Those that have no choice but to close their doors and who have no alternate method of servicing customers. (no income at all)
To assist struggling business owners and their families, the Chamber is initiating a ‘Locals Supporting Locals’ campaign. Care Packs will be put together from purchases of products and gift cards from those at level 2 (Moderate) for distribution to those at level 3 (Significant). By doing it this way, it is a multi-layered support campaign, assisting both those at the Moderate and Significant levels at the same time.
Although the ‘Gift Packs’ will not be life changing, they will provide a small financial relief to ease some of the pressures, but more importantly, they will provide a much needed morale boost to those doing it tough. With many trying to cope financially whilst in isolation, and with Fathers Day just around the corner, the Locals Supporting Locals campaign will send a message that their community has not forgotten them.
How you can help.
Donations are being collected by the Chamber who will then purchase the vouchers that make up each of the gifts packs for distribution to the identified recipients.
The Chamber is kicking off the campaign with a $2,000 donation to get things started.
Electronic transfer to:-
Account Name: Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry
BSB: 082 741
Account Number: 385 364 517
Reference: (Business Name) + CPD