Local charity, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) pitched in with hot meals and sandbags as part of the Armidale community’s clean up to a freak tornado last month.

A dozen local volunteers from RRT worked hard for several days in the aftermath of the tornado, cooking 1600 hot meals to emergency staff and shovelling more than 3000 sandbags for residents.

Brethren charity Rapid Relief Team prepare thousands of sandbags in response to Armidale tornado

Local volunteers from Brethren charity Rapid Relief Team prepare thousands of sandbags in response to Armidale tornado

The sandbags held down tarps and covers on damaged roofs.

RRT support hundreds of flood, fire, drought and rescue efforts each year, but it’s been sometime since the team saw an event like the tornado.

No-one was seriously hurt by the tornado’s path of destruction, but local residents’ were left with the difficult job of cleaning up damaged homes and property.

“The event reminds us of the amazing work our emergency services do, but also the challenges ahead as we enter storm and bushfire season in coming summer months,” Local RRT team leader Peter said.

RRT is the local charity arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

 

Brethren charity Rapid Relief Team cooked more than 1600 hot meals for emergency services workers responding to the Armidale tornado

Volunteers from Brethren charity Rapid Relief Team cooked more than 1600 hot meals for emergency services workers responding to the Armidale tornado

 

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church established RRT  in 2013 to express its Christian values of care and compassion. It is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.

Globally, the RRT has more than 14,500 volunteers and operates in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, the United States, Canada and Germany.