Local volunteers from the Newcastle Rapid Relief Team (RRT) joined forces with Fortem Australia to thank NSW Ambulance staff for all their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a small token of appreciation, RRT volunteers dished up more than 200 hot meals, along with refreshments and barista made coffee to more than 150 hard-working ambos.

RRT Local Team leader for Newcastle, Doug Paynter, said the event was initiated by Fortem to express the community’s appreciation for local healthcare workers.

“The pandemic has posted many challenges for Australians, particularly for our healthcare workers,” Mr Paynter said.

“This event was our way of saying thank you to our frontline workers who have put the needs of other above their own and have worked day in, day out, to keep our community safe.

“RRT volunteers are inspired by community spirit and the gift of giving, and in serving a delicious meal to the NSW Ambulance staff, we are expressing our appreciation and gratitude for their patience, care and support.”

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church established RRT in 2013 to express its principles 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.