Foodbank is the 2020 Law Society of NSW President’s Charity, and the only food relief organisation in Australia to play a role in times of emergency and natural disasters such as fires, floods and cyclones. It’s why Ashurst Pro Bono practice executive Shiranee Pararajasingham leapt at an opportunity to help Foodbank deliver food to Sydney’s most vulnerable during COVID-19.
Every day for a 10-day period in April, Shiranee Pararajasingham would walk outside her home at Enfield, in Sydney’s inner west, and find groceries on her verandah. It wasn’t just a few boxes of pasta or a couple of cans of soup. There were bags and bags and bags of them.
Some contained food; others had essentials like nappies, milk formula, sanitary products and toiletries. The mountain of supplies appeared in an overwhelming response to a spur-of-the-moment email blast she sent out, asking her circles to support vulnerable families during the COVID-19 lockdown.