Mark was rescued from raging flood waters in Bungawalbin, NSW. Australian Red Cross was there to help him.
Mark, a garlic farmer from Bungawalbin in NSW, was rescued in the 2022 floods. During the initial stages, he was out in boats helping people, delivering food, doing medical runs and saving lives.
Mark contacted Australian Red Cross wanting to donate reconditioned pushbikes to flood impacted people. He didn’t mention at the time that he was also impacted by the flood.
Later on, Australian Red Cross supported Mark with ongoing recovery assistance to help manage his business and the personal impacts caused by the floods.
James from our local Emergency Services team says communities and individuals need that longer term support to try and get their lives back to a semblance of normal.
“The Australian Red Cross volunteers are the absolute backbone of the recovery all throughout the Northern Rivers – they live and work in community.”
Disasters take an emotional, psychological, financial, and economic toll on people and communities. Australian Red Cross has been helping people before, during and after disasters for over a century. While interest in major disasters is often at the peak during the onset of the event, for individuals and communities, the recovery can take months, years and even decades.
Australian Red Cross works with corporate partners to ensure long-term recovery in disaster-affected communities.
This includes Pine O Cleen, who are supporting our recovery efforts through the ‘Cleen Up Program.’ The partnership helps provide financial aid, volunteer funding and product donations for individuals, communities, and volunteers after disaster strikes.
For local Australian Red Cross volunteer Kerry, being prepared makes recovery easier and faster.
“I think it's up to every individual Australian to educate themselves on what disaster is, how to prepare and what is needed by communities in a disaster.”
1, 2, 3, 4: The Cleen Up Recovery Report (2023)