RRT volunteers from Tasmania are grateful to Federal Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce whose support helped grant RRT a 2019/2020 Volunteer Grant to assist with the purchase a new trailer. This trailer will come to the aid of emergencies services across Tasmania, and empower people in crisis.
The trailer, a first for the North West region of Tasmania, was purchased with the help of a $5000 Australian Government 2019-20 Volunteers Grant and suuport from the contributions by the local community.
Ready and standing by to provide catering support, the trailer aims to support emergency services and displaced families for when the next disaster strikes.
Nelson Humber, Tasmania Regional Team Leader said that unfortunately the trailers had been all too often ‘stress-tested’ over recent years supporting bushfires, Covid-19 relief, floods and droughts.
“As Christians our values are centred around care and compassion – this grant and the new trailer is going to provide an incredible boost for us in our efforts to help the local community,” he said.
It will also be ‘rolled out’ at community events to support volunteers as well as to support people in need like disadvantaged youth, the homeless, hospitals and their staff, and carer organisations.
Local fire service members, emergency responders and other guests enjoyed some of the RRT’s famous burgers and other food and refreshments at the event.
Federal Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce MP, was among the guests that joined the range of local volunteers to see the trailer launched. Gavin said the RRT trailer demonstrated the charity’s ongoing commitment to communities across Tasmania – often during times of greatest need.
“The federal government’s contribution of $5,000 was not a huge amount in this context, but it was enough to help get this worthy project across the line. It will help RRT make a big difference in our community and that’s important,” he said.
“That’s what these grants are all about – supporting local initiatives, yes, but also recognising that the work our volunteer organisations do is central to strong, vibrant communities.