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This week, people who care for the elderly and disabled received an historic pay rise. Herald columnist, Claire Trevett, likened the bill to the miracle of the feeding the 5000 since it was so unusual. Fellow columnist, Raybon Kan likened people who care for others to solders who serve. For once, I agree with him!
He writes, “Until this settlement, carers were paid in prices from the past, prices in black and white, seemingly calculated during the heyday of their customers. It’s surprising they weren’t paid in pounds and shillings. If anyone deserves a “Lest we forget”, it’s carers. Talk about your unknown soldier.”
This Anzac Day we rightly remember the men and women who fought and died in wars in other lands. But Kan’s comments remind me that we should also celebrate and support our modern day “soldiers” who serve, often with little recognition. Many of them will be unaffected by the government’s latest announcement as they don’t get paid anyway. To them – to you – who care, may I say, THANK YOU! You follow the example of Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)