As severe weather conditions impacted peoples homes and lives, RRT jumped into action to support emergency services and residents with sandbag operations. RRT established a drive-through sandbag station where locals from Penrith and Windsor could come up and collect sandbags as required to protect their homes. 

The team also set up a delivery service for flood-affected locals in Wollondilly and Picton in South West Sydney, alongside efforts in Penrith and Windsor.

RRT Director Alistair Dent said they were encouraging locals without the means to access the drive-through  stations in Penrith and Windsor, to register for support online and to have sandbags delivered.

“We recognise not everyone has access to a vehicle, or they might be sick, elderly or in a vulnerable situation due to the floods – so we have expanded our support to those that need it, he said.

Over 72 hours, RRT had created 15,855 sandbags using 450 tonnes of sand. At one stage the RRT were getting through 8.5 sandbags per minute.

Members of the community in Penrith, Windsor, Picton or Wollondilly can register for support via the following link: https://rrtglobal.org/operations-appeals/rrt-flood-relief/

Given the demand, the RRT had ‘scaled-up’ its operation with an industrial-sized sandbag production facility now in place at the RRT’s warehouse in Emu Plains.

With each sandbag weighing 30kg – it’s turning into a sandbag bootcamp to help those in need.

RRT’s hearts are with people who have lost their homes in the floods in NSW and pray that the conditions improve in the upcoming days. RRT is humbled to play a small part in supporting people in their time of need.

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