DURING International Nurses Day (May 10), the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) provided lunch to 22 hospitals around Australia, with Latrobe Regional Health (LRH) being one of many.

Providing 640 meals to the nurses and other medical staff, the Moe RRT team leader, Roy Greenfield, said their 15 volunteers were expecting to serve up to 400 meals, but were more than happy to provide more meals to those who came.

“It was an opportunity for us to give back to our nurses and medical staff who work tirelessly looking after our community and often don’t get the thanks they deserve,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity for staff to soak up a well-deserved appreciation for their wonderful job.”

The RRT volunteers are drawn from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, which, according to Mr Greenfield, is dedicated to giving back to the communities where they live and work. RRT supports charities and government agencies that work in emergency and disaster, youth, health, poverty, and homelessness.

In 2023, RRT supported 603 different emergency service organisations, government agencies, charities, and schools.

Latrobe’s People and Culture Advisor, Annabelle Linton, said, “We are grateful to the RRT for their support of our nurses, medical teams and hospital staff. They dedicate their lives to looking after others, so it is wonderful that they get to be looked after this way.”

“International Nurses Day is a chance to stop and recognise the vital contribution nurses make to society.”

Established in 2013, the RRT has more than 14,500 volunteers around the world who support community events and assist emergency services in times of disaster and crisis by providing meals and other support.

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