Brethren Charity Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is inviting Western Sydney locals to pick up sandbags at Jamieson Park, Penrith, and McQuade Park in Windsor to help fight flooding ahead of further severe weather today.
The charity made up of local volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), supplied more than 7900 sandbags, totalling 230 tonnes, yesterday after setting up in support of the NSW SES.
RRT Director Alistair Dent said they were glad they could provide support in a small way, with many of RRT’s members also living locally and experiencing the devastation of the floods.
“With many of our members also living locally and experiencing the devastation of the floods – we are grateful there’s a way we can help out, if only in a small way with the sandbags,” Mr Dent said.
“It’s been heartbreaking to see how many families have been hit hard by the flooding – which may only get worse with more heavy rain forecast this week.”
“So, we are inviting anyone from the local area who needs some assistance in shoring up their home – please drive in and grab what sandbags you need.”
A ‘drive-through’ sandbag service has been set up at Jamieson Park, Penrith, and McQuade Park in Windsor – no bookings are needed, locals can just drive up and grab as many sandbags as required.
“We have a sand provider on speed dial, and will continue to order tonnes of sand and keep filling bags as long as they needed by the community,” said Mr Dent.
“Locals are also welcome to stop by and grab a hot cup of tea or coffee and a bite to eat from our catering tents – even if it’s just to grab some shelter and would like someone to lend an ear.”
Mr Dent said it was Christian values of care and compassion that motivated them to support.
“Our volunteers all live and work locally so we understand the impact. More than anything we just want everyone to stay safe, take care and look after each other.”
RRT is made up of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Church who provide catering and emergency support services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.
For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://rrtglobal.org/.