CALL TO ARMS: CARE ARMY AT READY
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.
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