KB Keeping connected through COVID-19
Photo Credit: Kathryn Blee
In recent weeks, the typical day-to-day life of living in Kalgoorlie-Boulder has altered tremendously. We are sanctioned to our homes, with access only to essential living needs. Our country has faced; worrying about potential sickness and money woes, ever growing boredom, feelings of loneliness and lethargy, the list goes on. Nonetheless, the residents of Kalgoorlie-Boulder have banded together once more, proving that a small city can really make a big difference. Our community has assembled (metaphorically) to create colourful mosaics across the city, to help the less fortunate, and overall find a sense of belonging and connection during a time of isolation. These events and projects will help to pave the way towards a brighter future for us all, and allows us to see the bigger picture on the other side of this pandemic.
Follow The Rainbow Project. Photo Credit: Kal Miner
Follow the Rainbow Project
Recently we have noticed the stunning effort from some of our local families, and their involvement in what is now locally known as the ‘Follow the Rainbow’ project. The idea originally stemmed from the virus pandemic limiting us with social restrictions, and so started the nationwide trend – creating a rainbow for others to find.
The Teddy Bear Hunt, also forming a part of the FTR project, encourages kids and families to display a teddy bear in their windows, essentially creating a scavenger hunt to spread joy around the neighbourhoods.
The sentiment is beautiful. It gives kids something to look forward to when they’re out and about on those rare occasions, but it’s deeper than just some entertainment for the children.
The colourful mosaic in our front yards and driveways represents hope in these trying times, and shows that whatever is thrown at us, we can still stay united as a community through it all, even while physically having to be apart.
Houses all over Kalgoorlie-Boulder have been splashed with colour, with decorations like driveway chalk drawings of rainbows, hopscotch and race tracks. Fairy lights, paint, and knitwork overlap the fence lines across the city. The crafty creations have been endless, as well as schools and local businesses also getting involved.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Jones
To learn more about the project, and how to get involved, join the local FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/594399291154186/ Credit: Leisa Hams
Kalgoorlie Community Care Collective
Because the supermarket shelves have been a bit bare lately, citizens have rallied together to make a Facebook in dedication to helping those vulnerable during this pandemic.
The KCCC group mainly focuses on helping disadvantaged groups and the elderly in supplying them with goods that they may not otherwise be able to acquire themselves in these harsh circumstances.
The group so far has displayed organised food drives, shopping collection, advice and guidance on where to shop, what local services are available and just general support systems put in place by each caring member of the community. It’s inspiring to see such a dedicated effort from our locals to help give back to some of us doing it tough at the moment, and we’re hopeful to see the continued efforts of the people of the Kalgoorlie Community Care Collective.
Drive By Parties. Photo Credit: Dayna Marie
As of late, most celebrations have been difficult to organise, especially when the only people allowed to come are those in your own household!
The idea of a ‘drive-by’ party has taken off in Kalgoorlie, more specifically to celebrate the birthdays of local children by driving past and honking the horn. People have also taken it further by writing birthday cards, sharing gifts through the mail and organising food drives for their own birthday wishes.
The local Facebook collective has over 1100 members and growing, and really puts into perspective what really matters: spending time with loved ones and being grateful for what we have. Community spirit flourishes with this project, and the smiles from some of our local kids just shows what an impact it’s making!
Do you know a special someone celebrating their birthday during COVID19 restrictions? Why not throw them a drive by party! Visit the group and start organising! https://www.facebook.com/groups/835292480307757
Drive By Parties: Nicola Jade
During this pandemic, it’s been easy for us to forget things. One thing we may take for granted is our health, and we often lose sight of important things, like ensuring a proper wellbeing for our fellow community members who may need some extra help.
The Be A Buddy initiative is aiming to connect local volunteers with those of us who may require some assistance during the stress of COVID-19.
If you’re interested in volunteering, call the Volunteer Centre on 08 9093 2146
Love for the Elderly
It’s hard to lose connections with our elderly loved ones, especially for those who are stuck isolated by themselves in fear of getting sick.
Although staying safe is the best option, it can get lonely for all of us. Our nursing homes, especially, are in need of pen pals to keep residents feeling connected during this lockdown.
No matter who you are or what age, you’re welcome to send a letter and gladly be matched with your own pen pal.
To make someone’s day, post your letter to: PO Box 8041, Hannans 6433.
Front Yard Project. Photo credit: Savannah Morrison, Wild Light Imagery/ Front Yard Project
Front Yard Project
This passion project was initially introduced by local photographer Savannah Morrison to document the pandemic within Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s borders and introduce a contact-free form of producing digital experiences for both the outer community, and those lucky individuals with the chance to partake. All images are taken from Savannah’s car or on the footpath to be in line with the social distancing guidelines.
This project not only shares some of our familiar faces of our city, but also captures the true feelings and attitudes towards self isolation and the COVID-19 pandemic as a whole.
Hopefully, these photographs capture the beauty of simplicity and can be momentos for us to look back on in brighter days to come.
Photo Credit: Savannah Morrison
This weekly activity almost feels foreign at a time like this, but our community is challenging conformity, without breaking any government social distancing restrictions, of course! A fair distanced, local ‘non-gathering’ whereby residents can set up a picnic and enjoy a few afternoon bevvys in the comfort of their front driveways. Each Sunday from 6-7PM, join in the fun to help keep spirits elevated and support your local community.
I’m sure we can all agree that the pandemic scenario has altered a lot of things going on in our lives. When people have some extra time to kill, or it’s made clear that people around them are in need, it’s amazing to see what people have up their sleeves in terms of their mateship and humble manner.
I think in a time full of unknowing and worry, there has also been a light of respect for one another and deeper understanding of how we can all function better as a society. Knowing we’re all in it together and are finding new and creative ways to combat the boredom and stress of our current lives, makes it all that little bit easier to cope with.
We hope you’ve been able to gain insight into the developing projects popping up around our city, and we long to see our We Love KB community joining in on the antics!
Let us know what you’ve been up to with #WeLoveKB hashtag on Instagram or Facebook.
By Sinead Porter