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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 request for support came through two weeks before Christmas I immediately put my name down to deploy. As much as I love spending time with my family at home over Christmas, the pictures and headlines that I had seen of …

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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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Why Team Rubicon UK is helping Gurkhas in Nepal

Team Rubicon is in Nepal, working with the Gurkha Welfare Trust to help local communities prepare and train for disaster. Here, one of our Greyshirts explains the mission – our third in the region since responding to the 2015 earthquake– and …

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Greyshirt stories: A sherpa’s tale

A landslip from the Anak Krakatau volcano eruption on 22 December sent huge waves surging into the Sunda Strait without warning, killing at least 437 people and wrecking communities on the coastlines of western Java and south Sumatra. As most of the …

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A Christmas message from CEO Richard Sharp

2018 has been one hell of a ride. Team Rubicon has gone from strength-to-strength, delivering outcomes for the survivors of disaster from the streets of Kent to the devastated communities of Indonesia and the British Virgin Islands. We continue to …

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Operation Palu: Drones, diplomacy and clean water

“The first site of where the tsunami hit, the areas of liquefaction, the damage the buildings have suffered is so difficult to comprehend. The devastation, destruction and loss –it leaves you speechless.” When a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the …

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