Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a video message for Australia’s frontline workers to mark the country’s Inaugural ‘Thank a First Responder Day’. The couple sent the message from their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk. William and Catherine have been supporting the frontline workers since the outbreak of the COVID19 and have been championing the mental health of those who have put their lives on risk by working during the pandemic.
In the video message, the Royal couple, who together visited the country in April 2014, thanked the frontline workers – paramedics, police, firefighters and support staff who have been working tirelessly to protect the country amid the outbreak of COVID19. ‘Thank A First Responder Day’ has been organised by Fortem Australia – a non-profit organization, focused on improving the mental health and wellbeing of those who protect and care for Australian communities. As per Fortem, more than 300,000 people put their lives on hold to help the community when needed.
The Duke began the message, “Earlier this year we witnessed thousands of firefighters, supported by the wider first responder community, as they worked tirelessly risking their own lives to protect Australian communities from the devastating wildfires. The world was watching your efforts, and we were deeply moved by what we saw.“
The Duchess added, “Sadly, you’re now on the front line of yet another emergency. The COVID-19 outbreak has brought first responders across Australia together again. Day in, day out paramedics, police, firefighters and support staff work tirelessly to keep everybody safe, often risking not only their physical health but also their mental wellbeing.“
Mentioning the first responders, The Duke praised frontline workers, “We must mention Australia’s volunteer first responders who choose to put their lives on hold, to support their communities, at times of need. And we should not forget that these incredible people are supported every day by their families and friends.“
Thanking the First Responder, Catherine, who was wearing a yellow dress giving a sartorial node the country said, “Today, on Australia’s inaugural Thank A First Responder Day, you all deserve our huge thanks” From Express’ report,
The SES has received nearly 2,800 requests for help in the South West region in the last 12 months, which takes in the Geelong region. SES South Barwon unit controller Lisa Keys said it meant a lot to be recognised.
She said: “I don’t think there would be many first responders who would say they never go home and think about the things they’ve experienced on the job. “So I guess it’s important to not only recognise the courage and bravery but also thank our First Responders.”
Prince William concluded the message with, “Time and time again when Australia has needed protecting you have answered that call. You should be immensely proud of everything you do. And we send our very best wishes to you all and to your families.” Earlier this year in February, it was reported that Kensington Palace was in talks with the Australian Government about an upcoming Royal tour but due to the Coronavirus it was postponed. William and Catherine were set to tour the bushfire-ravaged towns of Australia. It is believed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might be visiting Australia sometime later this year.
For the video message, The Duchess of Cambridge brought back the famous Banana Dress. Catherine was wearing a £900 bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic ‘Ryedale’ Colour-Block Dress that she first wore in April 2014 during an Australia tour. It was a lovely node from Catherine to wear the national colour of Australia to relay a heartfelt message.
In other news, yesterday it was reported that the Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla and Countess of Wessex Sophie, have made phone calls to elderly people who are self-isolating or vulnerable to check in on them during the coronavirus. As per the reports of People, the three royal ladies took part in the NHS Volunteer Responders programme, which is coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and sees participants ‘check-in and chats’ with people. The Duchess called 42 years old Donna Williams, a mother-of-two, who is caring for her daughter Alessandra, who suffers from a rare form of Type 1 diabetes.