The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board’s deputy chair, Victoria Short, has challenged other elected members, Councillors and politicians to join her in donating a portion of their salary to charities that are supporting vulnerable people during the lockdown.
She is donating 20 percent of her salary to the Foodbank Project, which provides much-needed grocery items to Salvation Army foodbanks.
First to join her is Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member Leanne Willis, who pledged to also donate a portion of her salary.
“As we all start to settle into the new normal, the impact and uncertainty people face is becoming a reality. Many are facing unemployment or the struggle of surviving on reduce wages,” Victoria says. “Elected members and politicians like myself are in a privileged position in that Covid-19 has not affected our income. I call upon other elected members to open their wallets, support those that are in need, and make a difference to our communities, particularly given now that they need us more than ever.”
“Charitable services like the Foodbank Project, are doing a fantastic job supporting our most vulnerable, but they are experiencing extreme pressure at the moment, so I would encourage anyone who can, to share in our community spirit of generosity and consider making a donation.”
Victoria, 29, is the youngest member on the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. She represents the Bays subdivision and Leanne Willis represents the Hibiscus subdivision.