team rubicon australia
The first chapter of Team Rubicon Australia (TRA) is a modest yet determined one.
Team Rubicon Australia (TRA) was founded in August 2016, and launched its first disaster relief operation just 7 months later in response to the devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. This operation, dubbed Operation Dunlop, after WWII Surgeon Sir Ernest Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, saw TRA deployed to the hard-hit town of Proserpine in North Queensland. For over three weeks 62 ‘Greyshirts’ worked tirelessly to help the greater Proserpine community recover from the disaster. As importantly, we proved that military veterans are ideally suited to conduct this type of work.
The journey to Proserpine started in 2013, when Markus Bucy engaged Team Rubicon in the United States and worked to export their model and establish an independent Team Rubicon Australia. Subsequently, Markus enlisted Geoff Evans, and together they made a commitment that has now become our Mission Statement:
To be the pre-eminent disaster relief organisation in the Asia-Pacific Region, and in doing so, change the narrative around what it means to be a veteran in Australia. Team Rubicon Australia was born of this commitment, and is a fully independent Australian-Registered Charity.
Since 2016, TRA has grown from the fledgling efforts of two stubborn veterans to a nationwide movement. With over 2500 members and 4 fully operational Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Townsville, TRA represents a significant capability. We have proven that capability on 15 disaster relief operations both domestically and internationally, helping thousands of disaster survivors. Over the next 4 years TRA will expand from 4 to 12 DRTs around Australia.
In the spirit of WWI veterans returning to build the Great Ocean Road, TRA has reinvented the idea that veterans are some of most highly trained civic assets, with skills and experience to be harnessed. They are anything but victims, they are Built to Serve.
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By pairing the unique skills and experiences of military veterans and first responders, Team Rubicon Australia supplies a valuable and needed service to those affected by disaster.
Donate today and your dollar will do double time, positively impacting veterans and first responders by deploying them AND providing support to communities in Australia and around the world. How good is that?
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PH: +61 (02) 8815 8113
Team Rubicon Australia
1/299 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Team Rubicon Australia unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.