As residents across Victoria take stock of damaged homes and property, volunteers from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continue to respond.
“Community members responded quickly to our request for non-perishable food and our volunteers came together to pack them within seven hours.
At the request of a local emergency relief centre in Wallan, ADRA volunteers prepared and distributed food hampers to families separated from outside assistance and emergency centres by road blocks.
“Community members responded quickly to our request for non-perishable food and our volunteers came together to pack them within seven hours,” said Rebecca Auriant, director of ADRA Services for Victoria.
Thanks to the power of social media and the generosity of the community, 50 food hampers were packed, with additional food also distributed to disaster affected people in the region.
This response is the first for ADRA since negotiations began with the Victorian Government regarding a formal role for the agency in emergencies. In New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and some parts of Queensland, ADRA holds official agreements with government to facilitate short-term emergency accommodation for people affected by disaster.
For more information about these or any of ADRA’s work overseas and in Australia visit <www.adra.org.au> or call 1800 242 372.