The initiative is designed to bring together those in need of essential items and services with those able to provide them.
Online marketplace Gumtree has launched the Gumtree Support Network, an initiative designed to bring together those in need of essential items and services with those able to provide them.
From delivering groceries or essentials, to assisting small businesses, checking on pets and providing online lessons for housebound kids, the Gummie Support Network aims to further connect local communities, via the hashtag #LocalLegends.
Those looking to offer help can create a new listing and add the #LocalLegends hashtag to both listing title and description in any category.
Then they need to mark as ‘offering’ when drafting the listing and select the new ‘contactless trade’ option and follow Gumtree’s safe trading tips.
Those looking for help can type the #LocalLegends hashtag into the search bar or create a ‘wanted’ listing and add the #LocalLegends hashtag to both the listing title and description in any category.
Then they can request or offer ‘contactless trade’ and follow Gumtree’s safe trading tips.
With community at its heart, Gumtree hopes that this will provide an additional way for its users to support each other via acts of kindness and celebrate the Local Legends that are already making a difference in people’s lives.
Gumtree has also partnered with Sendle, to help facilitate reliable and safe contactless delivery for Gumtree transactions during the pandemic.
Sendle offers a free door-to-door service and free premium membership to all Gummies looking for a convenient and safe delivery alternative.
As an essential service, Sendle has ensured its operations are in line with COVID-19 measures implemented by the federal and state governments.
“Gumtree is a platform that connects local communities - and that role is more important than ever," Gumtree Australia head of marketing Amanda Behre says.
"Our goal with the Gummie Support Network is to create a movement of kindness, inspiring Gummies to lend a helping hand to their community, where they can. We hope that the launch of the hashtag enabled Gummie Support Network will help make it even easier for those who can volunteer their skills, to connect with those who really need support.”