drew franklin military veteranYou’d have to be living under a rock at the back of a deep cave to not know about our bushfire crisis this summer. The whole world is talking about it. As a city-dweller I felt isolated from the experience that those in the thick of it were having. I really wanted to do something practical to help.

I found out about Disaster Relief Australia through our Veterans group at work. Within two weeks I was flying to Adelaide. What Team Rubicon stand for really appealed to me. As a Veteran you can miss the military culture, the feeling of being on a mission that counts.

Team Rubicon have made a massive impact here in the Adelaide Hills and you can see the local community really appreciate our effort. One lady who lost everything has found the time to bake us a bunch of cakes. Amazing gesture from someone who has lost everything! What I have found striking is the random and fierce way the fires evidently spread through the region. You see melted car wheels only metres from untouched green hedges.¬† This is my first Disaster Relief Australia deployment and I’m looking forward to many more!