Aiding the community to be disaster ready

May 17, 2021
Carinity Education Rockhampton Principal Lyn Harland presents a first aid kit to Joseph Pickett from Eddie's Van.

Some of the Capricornia region’s most vulnerable people will now be more disaster ready thanks to Carinity Education Rockhampton.

Four community groups based in Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Emu Park were gifted emergency first aid kits to provide to their homeless and at-risk clients.

Almost 250 first aid kits have be shared between the Yeppoon Community Centre, St Brendan’s College’s Eddie’s Van, Food Relief Capricorn Coast, and the St Vincent de Paul Society Housing and Homelessness Program.

Each 40-piece first aid kit contains an emergency blanket, safety vest, torch, first aid information booklet and items for treating injuries.

The first aid kits have been donated to the local organisations by the Community Recovery Challenge, an initiative of Carinity Education Rockhampton.

Principal Lyn Harland says the school wished to support and positively impact “people within our community who are most vulnerable.”

“These four organisations provide vital services to people in need and are amongst the important places where our donation can have the greatest impact for our community,” Lyn says.

Lyn says donating the first aid kits ensured those who had not attended Community Recovery Challenge events were still able to be supported and “be made aware of the importance of being disaster aware and prepared”.

Carinity Education Rockhampton received $140,000 in disaster recovery funding to run Community Recovery Challenge activities and programs over the past 12 months.

Activities were designed to help build resilience in the Livingstone Region, including supporting local communities to recover following natural disasters.

Activities included yoga and wellness classes, community art projects, survival skills training, mental health education, suicide prevention activities, therapy dog training, and songwriting workshops for those overcoming adversity.

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