When Disaster Strikes Program
‘When Disaster Strikes’ is a program that aims to be proactive in its support of children, families and communities with a Chaplaincy Service at the time of a disaster or crisis, and in the period following. Disasters and crises can include bushfires, flood, tsunami, drought, earthquakes and cyclones, death, suicide, medical illness or epidemic, major accidents, industry closure and terrorism.
They are usually unexpected and can be overwhelming. Most people who experience a disaster or crisis may not show outwardly visible signs of injury; however, inwardly there is an emotional toll.
This new program addresses both State and Federal strategies supporting community resilience and the utilisation of community partnerships following a disaster to assist with recovery and restoration of functioning as well as improved wellbeing.
Tax-deductible donations from the general public and corporate sponsors are now being accepted for this important program.
‘When Disaster Strikes’ is proudly supported by Program Partners Beyond Bank Australia and Paradise Motors Mazda.
“When disaster strikes in the form of a bushfire, flood, drought and even the death of a loved one, we all need additional support as we process and work through what has happened and the impact on us personally, as a family and as a community.
SMG Chaplains help young people, their families and school communities. They are well positioned in Adelaide and Regional Areas across the state. They have established relationships, networks, connections, and are well placed to pastorally and practically care for people when disaster strikes.
As emergency services come and go it is the Chaplains that are the constant presence and support for young people and their families in the days, weeks, months and years following a crisis as they rebuild their homes and their lives.
Please join me in creating a legacy of support that is mobilised immediately at the time of emergency, and also continues long after the crisis has ended.”
THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF CHAPLAINCY WHEN DISASTERS AND CRISES OCCUR
HAMLEY BRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL
“This year has been particularly challenging. Tracey’s ongoing support for all of us through some difficult days has been invaluable. I thank Tracey for her tireless efforts in supporting the entire HBPS school community. I value the opportunity to work alongside Tracey as we support the health and wellbeing of all.”
Margaret Streatfield, Principal, Hamley Bridge Primary School.
CLICK HERE to find out more about how Tracey has supported Hamley Bridge and Tarlee communities after the Pinery Fires
“Tracey was often at school in the mornings ready to talk to any kids who were upset or anxious - which was a massive help to my children as they dealt with their emotions and feelings and also feeling safe. The Stormbird sessions Tracey ran at the school enabled my children to talk about the feelings they had during and after the fires.”
CLICK HERE to find out more about how an SMG Chaplaincy Service has supported Jessica and her family after the Pinery Fires
BALAKLAVA HIGH SCHOOL
“The Pinery bushfire had a huge impact on my community. The fear and panic during the fire, and the devastation, heartbreak and suffering after has left the entire community reeling. One of the year 8 boys at my school lost everything. One of his most prized possessions was a signed Woodville West Torrens Football Club Guernsey. He was devastated that it was gone. I made contact with the club, and they organised to send out another signed Guernsey. When I gave it to the young lad at school, he cried. He took off his jumper, slipped on the Club Guernsey, put his school jumper back on and left it on all day. His mum rang me and thanked me, and said he hadn’t taken it off till after school the next day. It was so special to be part of something that exciting.”
VICTOR HARBOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
“Not long after we arrived in Australia from Ireland, our son Alex was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and we had only 4 days to prepare ourselves for his operation. We had no family in Australia. During those 4 days we were visited by Maureen at our home. It takes a very special person to do what Maureen did then and continues to do today. Everything she did for us went far and beyond her School Chaplaincy role. She was and still is invaluable to us as a family. All our children know that if they need her she is there for them.”
Brenda Byrne, Parent, Victor Harbor Primary School
REYNELLA PRIMARY SCHOOL
“My husband and I received a phone call informing us that my Father in law had been killed in a car accident, and my Mother in law had been airlifted to hospital. We didn’t know what to tell our kids, so we made the decision to send them to school. We received a phone call from Julie saying that our daughter was upset. I explained to Julie what had occurred overnight and that I didn’t know what to do. She was amazing and offered to help my husband and I tell the kids that their Grandpa had passed away. The ongoing support was amazing from phone calls, the offer of meals, and keeping an eye on the kids at school. I am eternally grateful for Julie’s support, guidance and knowledge through that time.”
Kim Mangelsdorf, Parent, Reynella Primary School
BRENTON RAGLESS SMG AMBASSADOR
I completely endorse the ’When Disaster Strikes’ initiative to provide Emergency Chaplaincy support during disasters and times of crisis. I have not personally been affected by disasters like the Sampson Flat or Pinery bushfires, althoughI haveseenfirst hand the devastation and loss bushfires can cause through my involvement with the CFS. What I have experienced is the care shown to me through a Chaplaincy Service in my formative years and the positive impact this has had on my life. I want others to have access to and experience this type of pastoral care and practical support especially when they are in crisis.
It is my hope that we do not see another major bushfire in this state for a long time. However, through this initiative we will be better prepared to respond immediately when the need arises.
Your tax-deductible gift to the ‘When Disaster Strikes’ program will have a positive impact in the lives of children, families and communities who are struggling after a disaster or crisis