RRT has been pitching in with more than 1,600 meals and 3,000 sandbags as part of the Armidale community’s ongoing clean-up after the freak tornado that hit on Friday 15 October.

60 RRT volunteers from Armidale have been hard at work since Friday evening providing hot meals to emergency staff and sandbags for residents.

“RRT are involved in supporting hundreds of flood, fire, drought and rescue efforts each year, but it’s been sometime since we have seen an event like this tornado,” said RRT’s Armidale Local Team Leader, Peter Sargeant.  

“Thankfully no-one was seriously hurt by the tornado’s path of destruction, but our thoughts are with the local residents’ that have had homes damaged and now face the difficult job of cleaning up.

“The event has also been a welcome reminder of the great work our emergency services do but also the work that will be ahead of them as we enter the storm and bushfire season in the summer months.

“We are thankful that we can provide some assistance if only in a small way, for the selfless efforts of the SES, Police, Fire, Ambulance services and others,” Peter said.

RRT volunteers supported emergency workers and displaced locals with 600 hot breakfasts, lunches and dinners and barista made coffees.

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