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Greyshirt Reflections: Compassion, Empathy and Hope

I leave Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills after spending a week volunteering on Operation Hannaford, proud of the work we achieved and inspired by the teammates and residents I met. 86 homes were destroyed by the Cuddlee Creek bushfire that tore through the area just before Christmas. Driving through the hills to reach our base, you could see whole swathes of land charred and barren from the bushfires. It wasn’t until our first task though that I began to understand …

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A weekend on the Induction and Core Skills Course

Every three months the grassed area outside the Hangar (our affectionate name for our training building) transforms into a sea of tents, more reminiscent of Glastonbury than Chilmark, as up to 50 people from all walks of life start arriving …

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Take to the Skies

If you’re looking for an exhilarating, adrenaline fuelled challenge and the chance to raise money for your favourite cause, then look no further! Sign up for a skydive and support Team Rubicon UK. Choose between the 7,000 feet tandem with …

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Returning to Nepal

On the 25th April 2015 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring over 21,000. As people on the ground emerged from the rubble and local responders were assisting those in need, the international humanitarian community …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Bringing Hope

Over Christmas I deployed with two other Team Rubicon UK volunteer Greyshirts to fly out to support Team Rubicon Australia with the relief effort in the wake of the devastating bushfires that are ravaging large swathes of Australia.  When the …

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Greyshirt Reflections; the Australian Bushfires

Greyshirt Maria tells us about her time helping Team Rubicon Australia with their bushfire recovery effort. The blazing fires have been tearing across New South Wales, Australia for weeks causing untold damage to people, wildlife and infrastructure. Smoke settled like …

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Tenacity, selflessness and going the last mile

Our CEO Richard reflects on 2019 and the incredible impact our volunteer Greyshirts have had on those whose lives have been devastated by disaster. As I sit in front of the fire at home in Cornwall surrounded by my family, …

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On the frontline: Abaco – A journal by Lizzy Stileman

The real work began when Paul and I were joined by 10 of the other Greyshirt volunteers. We all flew to Abaco, one of the islands severely affected by Hurricane Dorian and split into 4 teams, ready to head out …

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Flooding in Wainfleet

In June, the town of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, was hit by severe flooding which left hundreds of resident dealing with the devastating after effects. Our Greyshirt volunteers didn’t hesitate to put themselves forward to help with the clear up.

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Greyshirt Reflections: Deploying to Mozambique

Mike Kalvis is a Senior Contracts Surveyor for Wiltshire Council and one of our Greyshirts. He found out about Team Rubicon in 2017 from his local paper and decided to sign up in the hope of learning more skills and …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Mike’s time in Mozambique

Mike spent four weeks on the ground in Mozambique, helping to deliver aid to hard-to-reach, isolate communities. He shared his thoughts with us about his time out there and what life was like on the ground. News of Cyclone Idai …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Coming Home

Greyshirts Holli and AJ have recently returned from nearly three weeks in Mozambique where they have been providing life-saving aid to some of the most remote and isolated communities. They shared their thoughts about their time in this area devastated by …

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Greyshirt Stories: Josh’s Mozambique Reflections

Our Ops Producer, Josh, has been out with the teams in Mozambique, capturing the work they’re doing, for the past 11 days. He’s been based predominantly in South Buzi and now Matarara. He sent us through his initial impressions after seven days on the the ground. He will be out there for another 2 weeks.

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