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Afghan refugees rolling up their sleeves for disaster relief

Afghan refugees rolling up their sleeves for disaster relief

In December 2019, devastating bushfires ripped through the Adelaide Hills, destroying 86 houses and damaging around 160 more as well as burning through hundreds of hectares of farmland and vineyards. Following these unprecedented Black Summer bushfires, Disaster...

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Newsletter September 2021

Newsletter September 2021

I’m constantly amazed by the fortitude and resilience of our members. An enduring seemingly never-ending situation reduced our ability to get out on the field in mass numbers but we've adapted and found new pathways to serve our communities. We will arrive at the...

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2021 Speaker Series – Brendan Barry

2021 Speaker Series – Brendan Barry

Brendan Barry - Wed 29th Sept AEST 7pm Brendan works with Open Arms, MESHA, Trojans Trek and the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management in Tasmania delivering Mental Health First Aid courses and other programs including “Living our Vales” and “Curious...

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Fundraise for DRA While You Shop With Ritchies IGA

Fundraise for DRA While You Shop With Ritchies IGA

A new Ritchies Card loyalty program allows you to fundraise for DRA whilst you shop at participating Ritchie's IGAs found in NSW, VIC and QLD. Since the Ritchies program began in 1993, over 150,000 people have signed up and $51 million has been raised for community...

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2021 Speaker Series – CAPT Toovey

2021 Speaker Series – CAPT Toovey

CAPT Hoovey joined us on 26th August, 2021 as a DRA guest speaker. He is self-proclaimed “One Nut, Half a Gut,”. He founded 25 STAY ALIVE to encourage young people to be proactive with their health. He says "Yes, you can face multiple life-threatening diseases and...

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2021 Speaker Series – Daryll Ainsworth

2021 Speaker Series – Daryll Ainsworth

Daryll Ainsworth joined us on 29th July 2021 for the first Disaster Relief Australia guest speaker series for this year. DRA member Daryll Ainsworth, comes from a military background with the Australian Army which included one year on active service in South Vietnam...

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Newsletter June 2021

Newsletter June 2021

It often feels like we are moving slowly in DRA because it is in our nature to focus on trees and not the forest. In October this year we will be five. 4.5 years ago we mobilised 43 people to Proserpine for our first operation. In the six months of 2021 we have so far...

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Operation Corkhill Phase 2 On Hold

Operation Corkhill Phase 2 On Hold

Due to the recent COVID-19 complications in NSW, we are unfortunately required to put Operation Corkhill Phase 2 on hold until further notice. This is the second pause we have been forced to endure in the region due to COVID-19.  Our commitment to providing help and...

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Operation Elliot Post Op Summary

Operation Elliot Post Op Summary

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA), conducted a flood recovery operation in the area of the Port Macquarie – Hastings and Mid Coast Council areas named Operation Elliot, commencing on 10 April 2021.

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Operation Elliot May Update

Operation Elliot May Update

With just over a week and a half to go on Operation Elliot on the NSW Mid North Coast our teams on the ground have been busy over the past four weeks assisting members of the community impacted by the recent catastrophic floods. Since our operation began on 27th...

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Operation Woods Post Op Summary

Operation Woods Post Op Summary

Operation Woods was Disaster Relief Australia’s (DRA) first major operation in Western Australia, incorporating the launch of our Perth Disaster Relief Team. DRA collaboration with the Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative, partnering to rapidly deploy volunteers into the region to help with recovery efforts for the Perth Hills Bushfire.

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Operation Woods Update

Operation Woods Update

Disaster Relief Australia felt a sense of urgency to quickly gear up and provide much needed bushfire recovery to those affected by the Perth Hills bushfires. We leaned forwards to spin up our newest Disaster Relief Team in Perth. This was no small task and a worthy...

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Disaster Relief Australia Plans for NSW Flood Recovery

Disaster Relief Australia Plans for NSW Flood Recovery

The NSW floods have inundated communities just 18 months after the destructive Black Summer bushfires. NSW government has declared a natural disaster in 24 local government areas. Over 18 thousand people have been evacuated from their homes after experiencing...

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Operation Corkhill Phase 1 March Update

Operation Corkhill Phase 1 March Update

Disaster Relief Australia relaunched bushfire recovery operations in the Eurobodalla Shire on the South coast of New South Wales, continuing the work in communities devastated by the 2019/2020 fire season.  DRA worked with the Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Support...

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Service Project Latrobe On Hold Due to VIC Lockdown

Service Project Latrobe On Hold Due to VIC Lockdown

Due to the recent COVID-19 complications in Melbourne, we need to put Service Project Latrobe Legacy on hold while parts of Victoria enter a 5-day lockdown. Our Melbourne DRT has already been working closely with the local community conducting Damage Assessments and...

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Jacobs cyclist riding for DRA at RoadNats

Jacobs cyclist riding for DRA at RoadNats

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) is the official volunteer partner of an electric weekend in Aussie Cycling beginning 5th February, 2021. RoadNats, as it’s affectionately known, is the most prestigious national event on the Australian road cycling calendar. Australia’s...

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How to Support the Adelaide Hills Bushfires

How to Support the Adelaide Hills Bushfires

The 2019-20 Australian bushfire season, also known as Black Summer, saw an extended period of multiple large-scale and intense fires. Australia’s Black Summer megafires were a severe blow, with hundreds of homes lost, millions of hectares of lands burned and parts of the ecosystem destroyed.

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Newsletter December 2020

Newsletter December 2020

Members Only Shop 2020 Year in Review Member Awards National Emergency MedalsACFID Membership 2019 - 20 Annual Report Member Support Social Media Use and Our ValuesMembers Only Shop 2020 Year in Review Member Awards National Emergency Medals ACFID Membership2019 - 20...

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DRA featured in BankSA Focus Magazine

DRA featured in BankSA Focus Magazine

Disaster Relief Australia were recently featured in BankSa Foundation's Focus Magazine. This edition of Focus 'A year of challenge' focused on SA's resilience through bushfires and COVID-19. Lifting the load If anyone knows what it’s like to be living and working on...

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Taming Disaster: Drones for Good

Taming Disaster: Drones for Good

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly stayed longer than expected, but with all its devastating effects has also brought positive outcomes, especially with the reaches of the virtual environment, we are now able to connect with people in ways that we were never forced...

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Operation Mason on hold due to SA lockdown

Operation Mason on hold due to SA lockdown

2020 continues to throw curveballs our way. With the six-day lockdown now in effect in South Australia we unfortunately will have to postpone our upcoming Black Summer bushfire relief and recovery efforts in the Adelaide Hills as part of Operation Mason. We will look...

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The Story behind Operation Dexter

The Story behind Operation Dexter

Before Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) deploys for an Operation, we endeavor to research the history of veterans in the local community. We name our Operations in honour of local Defence veterans and their families. Thomas and Irene Dexter Our recent return to the...

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DRA Guest Speaker Series 2020 with Mike Hartas

DRA Guest Speaker Series 2020 with Mike Hartas

Michael (Mike) Hartas commenced his military career at Duntroon in Canberra in 1996 and graduated in 1998 to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. Posted to the 1st Field Regiment in Brisbane commanding a Section of Artillery Guns,  Mike settled into Regimental...

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DRA Guest Speaker Series 2020 with Billy Hedderman

DRA Guest Speaker Series 2020 with Billy Hedderman

Billy Hedderman presented live on Thursday, 29 October 2020 as a DRA Guest Speaker of the 2020 Series. Billy Hedderman is a recovered quadriplegic. The ex-Irish Special Forces officer broke his neck on a beach in Australia in 2014 and was instantly paralysed. Lucky...

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DRA Guest Speaker Series with Matt Newlands

DRA Guest Speaker Series with Matt Newlands

Disaster Relief Australia was privileged to be joined by Mat Newlands as part of our Guest Speaker Series on 15th October 2020. Matt worked as a Police Officer with the South Australian Police from 2006 until 2016, in varied roles from general patrol duties, uniform...

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DRA Guest Speaker Series with Maj (Retd) Nick Garland

DRA Guest Speaker Series with Maj (Retd) Nick Garland

Nick Garland is a former British Army officer who fought back from life threatening injuries sustained during operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, returning to lead soldiers on two further operational tours, for which he was decorated for leadership and...

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DRA Guest Speaker Series with Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook

DRA Guest Speaker Series with Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook

Listen to Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook Chair of Disaster Relief Australia and Executive Director of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service QLD, deliver an inspirational talk on how she has overcome adversity and achieved great things. Dr Rushbrook joined the Royal...

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Re-branded to become Disaster Relief Australia

Re-branded to become Disaster Relief Australia

As of Friday 29th May 2020, Team Rubicon Australia has re-branded to become Disaster Relief Australia (DRA). It is important to note that only the business name and associated branding will change. DRA retains the same board of directors, leadership, members, and...

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Disaster Relief Australia and Minderoo Fire Fund join forces

Disaster Relief Australia and Minderoo Fire Fund join forces

Disaster Relief Australia and Minderoo Fire Fund join forces to provide relief to fire affected communities of Australia Sydney, NSW (March 6, 2020) Disaster Relief Australia, a veteran-led disaster relief organization, is collaborating with Minderoo Fire Fund to...

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