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Cameron Gentner – I’m excited to be here

Cameron Gentner – I’m excited to be here

I'm a nursing student from Brisbane (born and bred) graduating my Bachelor next year. From here I am planning to enter the defence force taking my experience and knowledge to those who need it. I'm currently a pipefitter while I finish my degree. In my time off work I...

Greeted us like old friends Lisa Bryant

I first discovered Disaster Relief Australia thanks to a work colleague who had recently joined. I am a civilian, however I felt that I could contribute as part of a wider team and do something to give back to communities experiencing hardship. Operation Dexter is my...

Bruce Townsville Service Project

Its a beautiful early morning in Northern Queensland. Adam and his band of Merry men & women from Townsville, rendezvous at the 1 Million Strong Gym on the outskirts of town. Through Adam's considerable efforts with local community service organisations like...

Drew Franklin Military Veteran

Drew Franklin Military Veteran

You'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...

Damien Haines, Brisbane DRT

Damien Haines, Brisbane DRT

I first heard about Team Rubicon Australia, (now Disaster Relief Australia) through friends who had gone on deployments. I am not a veteran but I really wanted to ‘give it a go’ and help out those less fortunate than me. Even though I am a civilian, I felt really...

Gwen Garrad Reflection

Gwen Garrad Reflection

I’ve just graduated with my Masters in Sustainable Agriculture at CSU Orange and working part-time on a vineyard in Orange. I first heard about TRA (DRA) from my housemate who has been with them for some time. When I heard about what she was doing I really felt as...

Dean West

Dean West

“As everyone is soon to find out, from my BBC doco, I had a hard time after leaving the army, and becoming a B Grade celebrity. I have a lot of survival skills, and using this to help other people balances my inner demons. I’ve been very fortunate with Team Rubicon...

Graham Walker

Graham Walker

)TRA Disaster Relief Australia (formerly TRA) are continuing to aid both the council and residents of the Bega District, with ongoing issues regarding the clearance of burnt waste from private land. One of the key tasks for DRA in recent days has been the removal of...

Robert Bazzard

Robert Bazzard

Robert Bazzard, originally from the South of Wales, spent 15 years in the British Army before moving to Australia and continued his career with the ADF. In 2015 he was medically discharged and commenced a new life as a civilian. Robert initially explored a few...

Andreas Kass

Andreas Kass

I joined the Army at 18 where I went to the Australian Defence Force Academy and studied a Bachelor of Arts (History) and Geography. After completing my time at ADFA, I moved on to and successfully completed at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. Upon graduating...

Richard Jones

Richard Jones

I am 49 years old and in eleven days I discharge from the Royal Australian Engineers after 32 years. During this time, I went from being a Sapper to a Warrant Office Class 1 – Works Manager. I heard of Team Rubicon Australia (now DRA) through Chris Eynon, who at this...

Ben Patrick

Ben Patrick

After a few years out of uniform, I realised there were a few components missing from my daily life. I’d heard of Team Rubicon Australia (Disaster Relief Australia) as an organisation that wanted to put veterans back into communities, understanding some of the aspects...

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