This Remembrance Day we are running a campaign called Eleven11 and encouraging people to join our critical Team Rubicon Support Squad. Through a monthly donation of £11 or more, you can make a massive impact at Team Rubicon. The beauty of Team Rubicon is our dual mission, where your money makes double the difference – by positively impacting both the communities affected by disasters who we assist, and the veterans who serve them. During November we are bringing you a series of 11 blogs which will show the difference Team Rubicon makes and, hopefully, inspire you to join our Support Squad.
Meet Brett who was nominated as the Team Rubicon UK volunteer of the year.
How did you get involved with Team Rubicon?
My first encounter with TRUK was through Operations Manager Dan Cooke. I worked with Dan at Serve On, and he invited me to come to the first TRUK Training Weekend and cook for the volunteers who had come for the training. I couldn’t make that first training as I injured myself playing polo. The following training weekend, I managed to come. I cooked the evening meal on Friday, breakfast on Saturday. After tidying up breakfast, I didn’t have much to do, so I went to sit in one of the classes. As I sat there, I thought, uummm, this sounds awesome. I could be part of this program. As the lessons went on, I got hooked. The rest is history.
Why you got involved with Team Rubicon?
The work that TR does is awesome!! I love doing something that will take pressure off others, and I am happy if people are happy. Disasters kill people, and destroy their lives; if I don’t stand up to help, I am not using my potential. There are a lot of people who need help, and there are a few people who are lending a hand. By getting involved with this worthy cause, I am standing up to poverty and disasters. As a team, we achieve more.
What do you do for TR?
I do everything. I am a Jack of all trades. I mainly cook at all training weekends, making sure that all the volunteers are fed with a nutritious meal. By doing this, the permanent staff will not worry about that part of the task, and their attention is focused on the training. I also do other little things like handy work, going around telling friends and colleagues about the TRibe’s work, and any other jobs given to me by any member of the staff (most of the time they feel I do a lot, but I actually don’t do a lot. I have more time for the TRibe than they can imagine).
The difference TR has made to you?
I met some awesome people, and I have made friends and learnt a lot from the people I meet, and continue to learn a lot.