Who are the masked heroes?

Masked heroes are community care workers and connectors

CCWs perform a variety of essential services in our community including healthcare, social work, child and youth care work, and other paid and voluntary relief work. They are in direct contact with the general public, often working in the poorest communities across the country, and can be beacons of hope in this strange time by sharing information to keep people informed and safe. CCWs are Masked Heroes and need to be protected as they protect us all.

Community Connectors are organisations who have signed up as central nodes to support community care workers (CCWs) carrying out professional duties during the COVID-19 outbreak. Connectors have agreed to ensure that the personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers will be (1) well managed, and (2) provided to genuine community care workers (CCWs) at no cost to them. Connectors are part of a movement of compassionate and proactive organisations across the country responding to a bottom-up demand that the country’s care workers be supported and kept safe.

A silent and invisible enemy has crept into the places where our friends, families and colleagues gather. It has sent almost a third of the world’s population into some form of lockdown. It has turned our lives upside down and undone everything we considered normal. Hundreds of thousands of people have already died from the virus since the outbreak began a few months ago and millions are financially ruined. It is during these uncertain times that heroes emerge.

This virus may be invisible – but you are not. We see you, and we salute you.

Dear community care hero, I am in awe of how brave you are. Especially if you have children at home. To me the scariest thing about this epidemic is the possibility that I might leave my children behind without a mother. If you are facing this fear, but still putting yourself at risk for others, thank you for showing us what humanity can aspire to be. With thanks and love.