As I write this, I reflect on the challenging times in front of us due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who are impacted by this crisis. On our part, we are monitoring and actively evaluating the situation as it unfolds globally while working closely with all our stakeholders, - our customers, our partners, our prospects and our employees.
COVID-19 has had an impact around the world and every aspect of our daily lives: our community, our social interactions, our families and, of course, the way we work. It’s at these times that we are reminded that each of us has to contribute and the importance of coming together as a global community.
We are in an unknown territory. So much is uncertain, and I realise how unsettling this feels. I am constantly concerned about the health and safety of my family, my colleagues, and my friends. My wife and I worry for our ageing parents in India. I see the strain in our community, and in fact the world over, the vacant cafes and restaurants that at many cities form an important social fabric, the empty streets, and I wonder when normalcy will be restored.
While we negotiate our way through this maze of uncertainty. there are plenty of stories of panic buying and fights over toilet roll and tins, but the pandemic has also spurred acts of unparalleled kindness the world over. Thousands of people in the UK joined local support groups set up, while similar groups have been formed in Canada, sparking a trend called "caremongering". 1,300 volunteers were enlisted in 72 hours to deliver groceries and medicine to elderly and vulnerable in New York. Australian stores are among many others to create a designated "elderly hour" for the aged and those with disabilities have a chance to buy in peace. Several instances of donated money, shared recipes and exercise ideas, uplifting messages to - elderly people and converted business premises into food distribution centres and hotels transformed as care giving medical facilities.
One overbearing truth is that we are all in this together as a community and we will continue to fight this together as one. This virus has no borders, but its cure will be without borders too. For me, the best way to get past this struggle is to do each day what I can to make a small difference. Each of us, has that opportunity. And if we all contribute in our own small way, collectively, this will in fact make the world considerably better, for our communities we care about, for the society we strive for, and for the people we love.
Please know that our senior leadership team and I are thinking about you and your every need including any urgent support needs during this time. I am proud of the work we do at Pelican and I depend on all of you as my colleagues to come out of this fight stronger, better and more humane.