What’s soft and cuddly and can be found in the frontline of almost any disaster, anywhere in Australia?
The answer is a Red Cross Trauma Teddy and Red Cross emergency service volunteers in Queensland have handed out seven thousand of these little, hand-knitted toys since Christmas.
Volunteers say the teddies are treasured by children and Red Cross is running one day training sessions throughout Queensland during March and April to train people to help in their local communities when disaster strikes.
Red Cross Emergency Services Coordinator, Liana Roccon says “Providing personal support during emergencies and managing evacuation centres are of two of the most important services provided by Red Cross in Queensland during emergencies.
“Handing out Trauma Teddies is part of that support” says Ms Roccon.
“In fact our volunteers have handed out so many Trauma Teddies this year that we had to bring in four thousand teddies from interstate.”
“Now it’s not Trauma Teddies that we are short of,” says Liana “but emergency services volunteers.
“We urgently need five hundred more volunteers across Queensland.
“Emergencies can strike at any time and it’s important for Red Cross to have trained volunteers on hand to support their communities”, says Ms Roccon.
“When they complete their training, our volunteers can be called upon to help in local emergencies and also have the opportunity to travel to other emergency affected areas in Queensland.
To attend the next training course in your area or for more information phone 1800 733 111 or send an email to Red Cross at [email protected]
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