Cart Buddy is a home delivery service that brings supplies and essentials to those who are most susceptible to leaving their homes.
NSW captain and ACA Board Member Moises Henriques says his wife Krista came up with the idea because she wanted to help those who could be affected by COVID-19, especially during these times with people having to isolate - with the elderly and ill most vulnerable.
“She basically wanted to create a forum or a place where they can get their essentials delivered to them, just to try and make life a bit easier for them, rather than trying to have to risk it and go out while fighting back the risk of catching a potentially deadly virus,” said Moises.
Krista enlisted the help of former New South Wales Breaker and Kindness Factory creator Kath Koschel to help bring her initiative to life.
“Kath and the Kindness factory have done fantastic job helping the Cart Buddy progress. When Krista first created the idea, she mentioned she was going to run it by Kath with the goal of not just keeping it where we are in Sydney, but if can we get this across Australia. We wanted to be able to match volunteers with people that need help, so trying to scale up and scale wider so we can talk to more people.”
Transactions and bookings are done through the Kindness Factory which can be done via a simple email for those you are not too technologically friendly. The Kindness Factory receives a shopping list and an order which is then paired up with a volunteer hopefully in their area who can deliver those essentials.
“Krista and Kath have been overwhelmed by the number of volunteers who have put their hands up. There are heaps of people who are willing to help which I think is fantastic.”
And Henriques has also been leaning on some of his team mates for support.
“Basically, any player that I've asked to be involved has put their hand up and are happy to deliver if needed. There are guys like Sean Abbott, Nick Larkin and Kurtis Patterson… Steve Smith has even said he’d be keen. We’ve got a lot of players who aren’t doing a great deal at the moment, so it’s great to see so many people putting their hand up.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach or be connected with a Cart Buddy.