In the face of the Coronavirus crisis, Bali has united to create some awesome community-loving concepts that deserve a shout-out...
It’s official: the Coronavirus pandemic has flipped our island lives upside-down. But it’s times like these that we see the true kindness and togetherness of our community. Sure, 2020 has been a total s@#& show, but despite the chaos and the uncertainty, there’s one thing we know for sure: we’re all in this together, and our community is freakin’ awesome.
Across our special little island, local businesses, civilians and total strangers have developed some incredible initiatives and community-loving concepts to help and support their friends and neighbours. From special deals and delivery services, to heartwarming fundraisers and even a movement to produce PPE for our doctors and nurses – Bali puts the Unity in Community.
So, to celebrate these bright, beautiful and caring minds, here are all the local initiatives and new community concepts in Bali that deserve our help (and our Rupiah). Check them out, support their missions, and share this local shout-out – if we all work together, our island will be up-and-running again in no time at all, in all its cocktail-fuelled glory.
LOCAL INITIATIVES FOR THE COMMUNITY
On-Call Telemedicine & PPE for doctors & nurses
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head, we would regularly up our immunity with at-home IV infusions from The Dose. And now, these mobile doctors have found a different way to lend a supportive hand. For starters, The Dose doctors, together with the Umalas Doctors, are now hosting telemedicine consults via video calls with the GPs, to help assess symptoms and arrange prescriptions. But that’s not all. The Dose are also fundraising to organise PPE for doctors and nurses on the frontline of Bali’s COVID-19 hospitals, using the money raised to source and create N95 masks, hazmat suits and face shields.
To donate or to book a Telemedicine consult, Whatsapp The Dose or Umalas Doctors on +62-821-3137-0688.
Feed a Family in Bali
We’ve always loved sprucing up our sambal skills with Tresna Bali Cooking School, and now, these kitchen gurus are giving back with their #FeedaFamilyinBali movement. They’re asking for just USD$25 or IDR 400,000 to create Care Packages for local families in need. With the money raised, they’re sourcing all ingredients from local markets and delivering the goods to poorer families, buying enough produce to feed each family for a full two weeks.
To donate to #FeedaFamilyinBali, send them a message on their Instagram page.
No Juan goes hungry
Because no child should ever miss a meal, Los Jefes Bali is also helping to feed families in need. They have meals set up and waiting – families just need to pull up out the front of the restaurant, and the kind staff will bring them a ready-prepared meal. They’ll be continuing this for as long as they can, so donations are very much welcomed.
If you know of a family in need, email Los Jefes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate to the cause via the website.
In a bid to support small businesses and to keep the cash flowing within the local community, a group of expats in Canggu have created the Canggu Fever Facebook group, keeping everyone up-to-date with fellow businesses and local movements. Daily posts include special offers, discounts and services around Canggu, as well as all the useful tips and tricks on how to support each other during this crazy time.
Check out the Canggu Fever Facebook page here.
LOCAL INITIATIVES FOR FOODIES
From farm to table
Buying fresh produce directly from farmers is considered a luxury in the foodie world. But right now in Bali, helping out local farmers and keeping the demand high for fruits and veggies is an absolute necessity. So, Go Vegan Bali has kickstarted an initiative to connect you with local growers. Each day, you can order fresh produce straight from the farms, bridging the gap between growers and consumers with deliveries direct to your doorstep.
To order some farm-fresh produce, Whatsapp Go Vegan Bali on +62-878-5112-3392.
Your personal shopper
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, so Zero Waste Bali is helping slow the spread of COVID-19 by not only offering home delivery services, but also asking customers not to enter the stores. Instead, the staff inside will do your shopping for you, refilling your containers and stocking up on everything on your shopping list (don’t forget to bring it with you!). And of course, to ensure utmost cleanliness, the staff and store have upped their hygiene procedures to keep you and your groceries safe.
To arrange your home deliveries, WhatsApp the store closest to you via the Zero Waste Bali website.
CO-Vinos for all
Let’s face it: in times of trouble, a bottle (or case) of wine makes everything better, so Plaga Wine is currently offering a massive 40% Quarantine Special on all 12-bottle cases, with the option to shop online and receive free delivery in Bali too.
To order your case, shop via the Plaga Wine website.
LOCAL INITIATIVES FOR SHOPAHOLICS
Now’s the time to support local businesses and suppliers, and NUSA Design does exactly that. Working closely with Indonesian small businesses, suppliers and local staff to create locally-made leather goods and accessories, NUSA Design is offering 25% off on all online orders. This not only supports their own staff, but also keeps the wheels turning at all boutiques that stock the NUSA brand, including BAKED in Canggu, Drifter Surf Shop in Seminyak and Uluwatu, and Hotel Komune in Keramas.
To claim your 25% discount, use the code SUPPORTBALI25% when you shop NUSA Design online.
Fashion for less
We might not be flaunting our fashion must-haves at Bali’s finest cocktail bars right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pass the time by updating and refreshing our wardrobes online. So, local love Little Joe Woman is currently offering a whopping 30% off of all online purchases, plus worldwide complimentary shipping to those outside of Indonesia too.
To claim the 30% discount, shop Little Joe Woman online and use the promo code Q30 at checkout.
Framing from afar
When in quarantine, there’s no better time to get your family photo album in order or decorate your home with artsy Bali prints. So right now, Tinta Photo Solutions is offering a contactless framing service, with orders and payments taking place via Whatsapp, Facebook, Email and Instagram.
LOCAL INITIATIVES FOR FITNESS JUNKIES
Fitness from home
There are plenty of online fitness classes popping up across social media, but one of the most extensive and regular schedules is from Indonesia’s powerhouse, Celebrity Fitness. Not only has this gym giant frozen all memberships across the archipelago while gyms are closed, it’s also offering an entire schedule of free classes every single day, throughout the day, every week.
To join an online class, check out the live schedules via Celebrity Fitness on Instagram, and tune into CeleFitTV free until May 1st 2020.
Nest on the Road
With the doors to the gym temporarily closed, Canggu Nest is finding new ways to connect with the community and keep everyone active. For starters, they’ve launched the Nest on the Road Facebook page that’s packed with workouts you can do from home, plus tips & tricks, movement coaching and even links to their workout playlists. But that’s not all. For everyone still in Bali, they’re also making their gym equipment available for hire, meaning those dumbbells go to good use over the coming months, and your home workout just got an upgrade…
Join the Nest on the Road Facebook page, or DM Canggu Nest on Instagram for equipment hire.
Like we said, we’re all in this together, so we’d love to hear your thoughts, too. Let us know what you’d like to see from us, and if you’ve seen other local initiatives that deserve a shout-out, send us an email at email@example.com or tag us on insta @honeycombersbali.