South West TAFE sent a care package on R U OK? DAY to all of its employees, including one isolating in a Mount Gambier hotel.
Non-profit suicide prevention organisation R U OK? held it's national day of action on Thursday to remind the community to check in and support those struggling with life's ups and downs.
To mark the occasion, South West TAFE's people and culture department sent all TAFE employees a care package consisting of a keep cup, biscuits from Yo Dough Hamper Company, a packet of seeds and a selection of tea and coffee sachets.
The parcels also included information relating to support services and a postcard titled 'Better Days Ahead'.
We know that at times things will be rough, And working remotely may get tough, So take this box and enjoy the seeds, Transform your garden with plants not weeds, Enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit, no fuss, And hopefully soon you'll be reunited with us.South West TAFE's R U OK? DAY poem.
South West TAFE chief executive officer Mark Fidge said it was important to make a big deal of R U OK? DAY considering "the year we've had" during a pandemic.
"No matter where staff have been working, whether on campus or at home, we wanted to take the opportunity to connect and remind them to look out for themselves, as well as others," he said.
"We will get through this and better times are ahead."
The care packages were delivered to staff members' doors at all times of the day and night, including to one employee isolating in a Mount Gambier hotel after travelling to Adelaide from Portland.
"At 3pm today, a knock on the door and a voice yelling out 'package'. What a pleasant surprise and very much appreciated," the staff member said.
"A big smile appeared when I opened the box on my front doorstep. what a wonderful, thoughtful gesture," said another.
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