Volunteer co-ordinator Kodie Alderton is calling on residents to become Red Cross volunteers.
Volunteer co-ordinator Kodie Alderton is calling on residents to become Red Cross volunteers. Blainey Woodham

Become a Red Cross volunteer

IN the event of a disaster Tweed residents may be called on to help, and the Red Cross wants to ensure people are trained and ready.

A free one-day training course will be held on Saturday, March 12 at South Tweed Sports Club from 9.30am until 4pm DST.

Tweed and Byron shires volunteer co-ordinator and John Flynn Hospital nurse Kodie Alderton said volunteers would learn about the role of the Red Cross in a disaster, gain hands-on skills and get to meet like-minded people who wanted to make a difference in a time of need.

“Red Cross has a long history of helping communities in times of need, but could not do this without a strong volunteer base,” Ms Alderton, of Banora Point, said. “Disasters such as bushfires, floods or storms can strike at any time, and it's important to have a pool of volunteers ready to help locals in their communities.”

During a crisis Ms Alderton said volunteers would play a vital role in providing information, care, comfort and a helping hand to people at evacuation and recovery centres.

To register phone (02) 6622 3361, 0407 321 596 or visit www.redcross.org.au.



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