Pas­tors go ex­tra mile

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

BEL­MONT Col­lege chap­lain Adrian Her­bert worked tire­lessly at the Aus­tralind Evac­u­a­tion Cen­tre, of­fer­ing sup­port to those af­fected by the bush­fires in the state’s South­West.

YouthCARE de­ployed Pas­toral Crit­i­cal In­ci­dent Re­sponse (PCIR) teams to Yar­loop af­ter a light­ing strike sparked the dev­as­tat­ing fire in the re­gion on Jan­uary 7.

Mr Her­bert was part of a team of ex­pe­ri­enced chap­lains who worked on a ro­ta­tion sched­ule at the Aus­tralind evac­u­a­tion cen­tre from Jan­uary 8 to 12.

The team helped hun­dreds of res­i­dents housed at the cen­tre.

“I was there to of­fer pas­toral care and be a lis­ten­ing ear to those who had just been af­fected by the fires,” Mr Her­bert said.

“Just mak­ing sure they had their im­me­di­ate needs met and help­ing them out, guid­ing them through the process.”

Mr He­bert and his wife Dar­lene drove to Aus­tralind and be­gan their PCIR sup­port role on Jan­uary 10 and re­turned home on Jan­uary 13 af­ter help­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple.

YouthCARE CEO Stan­ley Je­yaraj said more than 60 YouthCARE chap­lains were trained to pro­vide pas­toral care and sup­port to peo­ple un­der se­vere stress.

“Our PCIR-trained chap­lains of­fer gen­tle sup­port and en­cour­age­ment, lis­ten­ing to the sto­ries of young peo­ple and fam­i­lies af­fected,” Mr Je­yaraj said.

Chap­lain Adrian Her­bert of­fer­ing his sup­port at the Aus­tralind Evac­u­a­tion Cen­tre.

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