Team Rubicon gives $7100 in shop­ping vouch­ers and more

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUS­SON-FO­LEY

AUS­TRALIAN De­fence Force Veter­ans re­turned to Dubbo re­cently for the third time to as­sist with dis­tribut­ing drought sup­port items.

Known as Team Rubicon Aus­tralia, the five vol­un­teers – or “grey shirts” – worked for three days on a Gol­lan prop­erty, an hour out­side Dubbo, sup­ported by 13 Li­ons Club mem­bers from Geurie and Welling­ton.

On De­cem­ber 15, the grey shirts helped with the load­ing of hay, fill­ing two trucks on aver­age ev­ery 15 min­utes.

In to­tal, 568 bales of hay (213 wheaten, 355 rice) were given to 71 se­verely drought-af­fected fam­i­lies.

The fam­i­lies also re­ceived 142 mo­lasses lick blocks (19kg each), 852 bot­tles of soft drink and wa­ter and 71 per­sonal care items.

There was also 22 bags of dog food, 830 tins of dog food, 71 “100 Year An­niver­sary Spe­cial Edi­tion” Li­ons Christ­mas Cakes, $7100 in shop lo­cal vouch­ers and $4920 in fuel vouch­ers.

“A to­tal of 129 adults each re­ceived a Christ­mas present and 28 chil­dren se­lected toys from a dis­play,” Team Rubicon vol­un­teer Dean West said.

It is the third time Team Rubicon has been to the Dubbo area in the past year.

“In Novem­ber, we teamed up with Col­laroy Surf Life Sav­ing to de­liver a sim­i­lar re­sponse to the re­cent op­er­a­tion with Li­ons,” Mr Team Rubicon Aus­tralia re­turned to Dubbo in mid-de­cem­ber to dis­trib­ute al­most 600 bales of hay, shop lo­cal and fuel vouch­ers, Christ­mas presents and more. PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED.

West said.

“Team Rubicon Aus­tralia has a strong be­lief in col­lab­o­rat­ing with com­mu­nity and or­gan­i­sa­tions to max­imise the im­pact to af­fected mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties in

which we live and work.”

Team Rubicon Aus­tralia is made up of Aus­tralian De­fence Force veter­ans who vol­un­teer their time in the aid of first re­spon­ders to emer­gen­cies.

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