Bribie Island

Kindness in action – New action team extends helping hand

Kindness in action – New action team extends helping hand

A group committed to assisting and helping residents in need has recently been set up at GemLife Bribie Island.

The new GemLife Bribie Island Residents Emergency Action Team is chaired by resident Sue Braz who was approached by the Homeowners Committee to set up the voluntary service after she identified a need for it at the resort where she has lived for more than three years.

“There are over 600 residents here now and there is always someone who needs a little help from time to time. They could be sick, alone, or just in need of support, and by setting up the group we can provide that helping hand when needed,” said Sue.

The team will rely on volunteers to help provide the private and confidential service. “The more people that can volunteer and help us, the better.”

Sue said the group is led by a team of very committed and passionate people.

“This is a real team effort, and we are all extremely compassionate. Three of us are recently widowed and the other has a husband in care, so we understand what people can go through in life,” she said.

“The way we see it working is that people can contact us via a designated email address to explain their personal situation, dilemma or problem, and whether it is for themselves or for someone they know in the resort. We will then work out how we can best assist.”

What we do know is that everyone needs a little comfort, caring and support at some time in their life and if we can help in any way that is what we want to do.

Residents will receive a fridge magnet with the group’s contact details to ensure the service is easily accessible.

To get the group off the ground, local hairdresser Kellie Shorten kindly donated products for a special raffle which raised $460.

“Kellie’s support was so wonderful and really gave us a good start, the new service is just an added extra in a community that is already renowned for looking out for each other” said Sue.

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