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A student from St Marys South Public School

Student messages of support boost Healthcare Heroes

09 Sep 2021


As our healthcare heroes continue their work under challenging conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, school children have been busy putting pen to paper to show how much they care for the workers who care for us.

Staff at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) hospitals and health services have begun receiving artworks, letters of thanks and words of encouragement from schools around the region who have opted to take part in NBMLHD’s Healthcare Heroes initiative.

The messages of support have been shared directly with healthcare staff in the Penrith, Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions who spend their days in PPE, caring for the sick or on the frontline of the battle with COVID-19 at our testing and vaccinations clinics and pathology labs.

The artworks, messages, videos and letters of support and hope have helped to put smiles on the faces of our health professionals and boost morale at a challenging time.

“The support we receive from our local community is very motivating,” says Dr Mark Salter, Deputy Director at Nepean Hospital’s Emergency Department, who wished to thank the students and the local schools for their thoughtful gifts and messages.

“We love to hear from our community, and especially the children, who tell us they’re cheering for us and appreciate the work that we do. We’re so thankful for the words of encouragement we’ve received from local kids of all ages.”

Healthcare Heroes

A student from St Marys South Public School

Principal of St Marys South Public School, Harris Vassila, says the school is incredibly proud to have students send messages of encouragement through to local healthcare staff.

“As a school community, we’ve worked hard to help support our students adapt to the challenges COVID-19 has presented. Taking part in Healthcare Heroes has allowed our students to have an active role in directly supporting our local healthcare workers.”

“Students were very excited and enthusiastic to help the doctors, nurses and health experts. We can see that creating their art and messages has given our kids a great sense of empowerment and understanding of how they can help and impact their wider community, even during difficult times.”

Want to be involved in Healthcare Heroes? Everyone is invited to take part in the Healthcare Heroes initiative, simply take a photo of your written message or support or artwork and email it to:

Please note: Submitted messages of support may be posted to Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District social media platforms, shared with staff electronically or be reproduced for display in public spaces at Local Health District facilities.