Convoy Missions Australia has announced their next mission in the South Coast, ‘Operation Tools of Recovery’ connecting communities on the road to recovery, by repurposing tools that are duplicate, or lying around in someone’s garage or shed and delivering it to those who have lost their collection. Dural Men’s shed President, Chris Thomas was the first person to partner in this mission, providing a drop-off site and creating local promotions to raise awareness within his community. The first week was incredibly successful with the first delivery being sent to South Coast Donations Logistics Team (SoCoDoLo) who will distribute these tools from Lake Conjola, all the way through the Eurobodalla and Bega Region, including Kiah and parts of Mallacoota.
This region is incredibly broad and requires volunteer support and donations to continue to service the area. Co-founder of Convoy Missions Australia, Sarah Coye states “one of the most commonly requested items is tools. Tools help fire survivors feel useful, it assists them to return to their land and work. Sharing of tools can also help communities reconnect and rebuild together”. Mission Commander Ralph Lindsey was in Sydney when the first round of tools made it to bushfire victims, however he was able to connect with them via video. “As a tradesman I thought maybe I could do something by emptying my shed. The aim was originally to reach 1000 tools, this is beyond anything I could have imagined, it is the best feeling to know it made a difference”. Convoy Missions Australia is looking to expand this mission, with calls out for local mission coordinators and drop sites. Future missions will include continuing to provide for the south coast region, expanding to the greater NSW region, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. If you are interested in assisting with this mission, please contact Convoy Missions Australia on Facebook.