CALL TO ARMS: CARE ARMY AT READY

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER sam.turner@cnbtimes.com.au

AN ARMY is mo­bil­is­ing in the North Burnett to help res­i­dents dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic.

The North Burnett Care Army is a joint ini­tia­tive by the North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil, Vol­un­teer­ing Queens­land, the North Burnett Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, and the State Gov­ern­ment.

Its pri­mary aim is to as­sist those in the com­mu­nity who need emer­gency re­lief, ac­cess to med­i­ca­tion, food, or emo­tional sup­port.

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment ran a sim­i­lar move­ment in 2011 called the Mud Army to help those af­fected by the 2011 floods.

Since the out­break of Covid-19, the State Gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing Queens­lan­ders to put their hands up and help out those in need of as­sis­tance. NBCS cen­tre man­ager Carol Chap­man said the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion was first ap­proached by the coun­cil to co-or­di­nate the pro­gram to help the com­mu­nity.

“We’re co-or­di­nat­ing vol­un­teers of any­one who wants to help out, as long as they’re over 18 and un­der 70,” Ms Chap­man said.

“You can regis­ter through the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, or di­rectly through us, then we’ll match peo­ple with their needs.”

The Care Army will be run­ning right across the North Burnett, based from the NBCS cen­tre in Mun­dub­bera.

Even though the cen­tre’s doors are closed for the time be­ing, Ms Chap­man said the team were still work­ing be­hind the scenes.

The NBCS will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with LiveBet­ter in Monto to help sup­port those in the com­mu­nity, while Blue Care is also help­ing those in the re­gion.

To regis­ter, head to bit.ly/2xykFWX.

Pic­ture: File

EN­LIST TO­DAY: North Burnett sui­cide preven­tion co-or­di­na­tor Rus­sell Mills with North Burnett Com­mu­nity Ser­vice's Carol Chap­man and June Ja­cobi.

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