Grahame Keast leads at team of Anglicare volunteers to support the community in times of disaster.
When floods, fires, hail and other large-scale events hit the community, Anglicare’s Disaster Recovery team is there to help pick up the pieces. They provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, as volunteers like Grahame mobilise to provide material aid and assist other agencies, usually at evacuation centres.
“I have been volunteering for Anglicare’s Disaster Recovery team since 2011 and was elected team leader this year,” says Grahame.
“I wanted to volunteer because the opportunity to help others appealed to me. The great thing about volunteering in this field is that you are never working alone. You are part of a team and the burden is shared.”
Grahame joined Anglicare with previous volunteering experience, but says there is something different about working for Anglicare’s Disaster Recovery team.
“I have volunteered with Tennis Australia at State tennis tournaments and have volunteered at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. I was also a roadie with cycling groups. But there is something about assisting people during a time of crisis; helping them when they are in need.
“My main goal is to give people hope. I want to show them someone cares during times of disaster and I am encouraged to lead a team who answers that call when activated.”
Anglicare will be celebrating volunteers like Grahame at a special afternoon tea at the Nowra Golf Club, on Thursday, 23 May, 1pm.