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Record-breaking conditions as extreme heatwave continues

22/01/2019 


Pictured: Sydney Community Care Van volunteer Frank Zipfinger on Monday night distributing items to help the homeless cope with the heat.

Experts are warning that horror heatwave conditions will be felt across large parts of Australia today.

Parts of Sydney will swelter into the 40s on Wednesday, just a precursor of a 45C high to come on Friday.

The NSW Health Department has said it’s now the worst heat the state has experienced for a prolonged period since 2011, when a heatwave increased the mortality rate by 13 per cent and hospital admissions by 14 per cent.

Authorities across the state have urged people to hydrate, check on vulnerable friends, family and neighbours and not to leave children or pets in hot cars.

The homeless are of course particularly vulnerable in these conditions and our Community Care Van Volunteers in Sydney and Parramatta are distributing sunhats, sunscreen and water to those sleeping rough.

The intention is for the Community Care Van project to expand to other areas, however ongoing funding is the primary obstacle.

Please consider a donation to assist the homeless during this heatwave:




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The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.