New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has shown her support for the Rapid Relief Team, who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the Nelson-Tasman region.
Since Tuesday, local RRT volunteers have been stationed at the Redwoods Valley Forward Command Centre, handing out 700 free meals, and nearly 1500 drinks including barista-made coffees, energy drinks, and water to tired and hungry firefighters at all hours of the day.
The RRT, an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of emergencies and charitable events.
Lloyd Grimshaw, from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT were happy to help in any small way.
“The RRT are delighted to support our emergency response organisations and we are humbled by their continued efforts in keeping us safe,” Mr Grimshaw said.
“We hope our small contribution has made them feel valued and has sustained them through these long days and challenging circumstances.
“We have witnessed firsthand the selflessness of the emergency services personnel, many of whom are volunteers themselves, as they continue to work hard to save lives and properties – and we hope the food we have and continue to serve has gone a small way to help keep our heroes fighting.
“At the end of the day, we are Christians who value kindness and compassion and seek to extend it to those who need it most – so, while there continues to be a need, we will continue to provide help, and meals, where it’s needed,” he said.
Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/
About the Rapid Relief Team (RRT)
The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church established the RRT in 2013 to express the Church’s principles of care and compassion. The RRT is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.
The RRT has consistently demonstrated its ongoing commitment to support Health and Disability causes. In 2018 alone, the RRT deployed 1071 volunteers to support charities within this sector and served more than 7,800 meals at charitable events.
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.