Sunday 22nd of March, 2020

VICBEAR COMMITTEE UPDATE

After careful consideration among the VicBears committee members, we have decided to postpone all VicBears events for the foreseeable future.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through Government and Health Department resources available to us. As soon as we believe that it is the safe and responsible thing to do, we will be back to holding all our regular events after this break and maybe even pick up a few new ones along the journey.

Currently Southern HiBearnation 2020 is still planned for 7-14 June 2020. Over the last few weeks, we have seen a lot of changes from the local and international Governments around limits on internal gatherings and travel between countries and states. We have and will continue to take these into account as we work on our contingency plans for this year’s events.

We hope in the coming months to be able to share some great updates regarding where and how SH2020 will be taking place this year. For right now though, we ask for your continued understanding and patience.

We are so proud of our VicBears members, sponsors, brethren bear and the wider LGBTI communities for their kindness and community spirit they have already shown. We love all the communities we are part of and believe that no matter the situation it is in everyone best interest if we act with integrity and respect.

It is up to ALL OF US to play our part in protecting not only ourselves but the more vulnerable members of our community by following the guidelines given to us by relevant Government and Health Departments.

Right now, we need to continue to be the best versions of ourselves we can be.

While none of us can ever be sure what the future holds, we can remember that incredible connections can be forged across any distance. Online connections have been and can continue to be a source of comfort and support for many communities.

In order to better support our community online, we have created an Updates & Resource page on our website – https://vicbears.org.au/updates

We are aiming to update this page regularly with information on some of the alternate online events we will be running during the next few months. We’re also creating and regularly updating our list of some of the best resources we as a community can find online to support all of us during this time.

We encourage active selfcare and where possible reaching out to those you may not have heard from recently. As always, remember to be kind to yourself and to each other whenever possible AND WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY!

Regards,
Your VicBears Committee