My friend Anna had to fly to Sydney for heart surgery. She lives in Hobart and has 2 young girls so the upheaval of this treatment has been pretty major for her and her family.
The surgery and her recovery kept her away from home for just over a month – and she is still needing extra help at home now.
We have known each other for years. Before this all happened, I would say we were good friends but not super close. But, with everyone feeling so distressed by what was going on and Marcus (her husband) just trying to keep all of the balls in the air, I knew I had to do something to help out.
I set up a Gather My Crew account and pulled together a bunch of friends who were all looking for ways they could support Anna, Marcus and the girls.
Within a couple of hours, we had a whole group of people who had been organised to drop off meals, take the girls to school and kindy, and give Marcus a break over the weekend.
We also had a close friend manage all of the communication about Anna’s medical updates via the app so that Marcus or Anna did not have to deal with all of the questions and messages.
It has been running so well for a few months now. Anna is so grateful and it has really brought us closer together as friends – which I am very grateful for.
Gather My Crew really has been a ‘godsend’ for us. It is amazing that such an app exists for free.
Thank you for taking your idea and building it into something that is extremely practical in time of crisis.
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