Volunteers impacted by COVID-19

By Southern Riverina News

The current coronavirus pandemic can be upsetting for many people in our community as it continues to impact on our lives.

None more so than the dozens of volunteers who make Finley a great place to live.

The organisers of the Hospital Op Shop have been directed by the United Hospitals Association to cease trading and meetings immediately.

This business not only assists those in need but also supplies extra facilities to our local hospital.

The many volunteers who give up their time to conduct this service would like to thank everyone for past support and looks forward to being able to once again trade in the future.


The local St. Vincent de Paul Society has decided, with much regret, that it cannot continue to operate under the current circumstances.

Organisers request the community refrain from depositing clothing in the society’s bins until further notice.

Those wishing to donate items are requested to hold them at home until this crisis has abated.

Anyone who is leaving the district, unable to hold major items at home or has urgent need to dispose of such items can phone Margaret on (03) 5883 4065 or 0499 418 899.


Due to crowd restrictions in place, advice has been received that the planned Combined Churchs’ gathering, planned for Sunday, March 29, has been cancelled.

The organisers would like to wish members of the community to stay well and stay safe.


Another social gathering which has been put on hold is the local Dementia group Community Cafes held monthly at Finley Regional Care.

At a recent meeting, organisers expressed the importance of keeping in contact with those affected by and living with dementia to avoid total isolation.

It is anticipated that a private Facebook page will be set up for this purpose.


CanAssist would like to advise that the upcoming Cancer Awareness Night, planned for Saturday May 9 at the Finley Bowling Club, has been postponed.

The regular Tuesday Bingo at Finley Bowling club, which helps raise money for local people affected by cancer, has also been postponed until further notice.

Organisers would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and will endeavour to keep everyone updated in From Finley and their Facebook page of any changes and new dates.


Finley Probus Club members are advised that due to the current coronavirus situation, the planned mystery trip has had to be postponed to an undetermined date in the future.

The Club has also decided to cancel all future meetings for the time being and regret that this has become necessary.

It is hoped that all members will keep well and information will be given on meetings when the situation changes.

Organisers are looking forward to catching up again at that time.


Finley Uniting Church has been advised by the Synod that the local premises is to be closed and no activities to take place until further notice.

Members are encouraged to keep in contact through the Finley Uniting Church Facebook page and continue to support each other through this trying time.

During a recent gathering of the Uniting Church Finley and Tocumwal communities with the Riverina Presbytery minister Reverend Nigel Hawkins, all those in attendance were presented with a certificate of recognition for their service to the church over many years.

This was followed by a lovely lunch which was enjoyed by all.


During this time when we are all obliged and expected to keep the rules and regulations set down by the authorities, keep in mind the importance of staying in touch with family and friends and especially those senior members and people with special needs in our community.

Please feel free to use this column to communicate with and support each other during this very stressful period. Finley is such a great community and I am sure we will all pull together and get through this in the not too distant future.


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