A group of volunteers from Disaster Relief Australia, made the journey down South last week, to help out the caretakers at the Legacy Camp in Busselton. This is the third year that a group has come to volunteer at the camp. The volunteers stay at the Legacy camp for about a week and they do a range of manual labour tasks, including shifting sand and bricks, painting, pressure washing and building. Disaster Relief Australia is a veteran-led not-for-profit organisation, which highlights the skills and experience of Australian Defence Force veterans and emergency service specialists, along with civilians, to deploy volunteer disaster relief teams in Australia and around the world. As a charity, Disaster Relief relies solely on donations and the support from the community to continue assisting all of the communities who have been impacted by disasters. Established in 2016, the organisation has helped more than 200 communities across the globe and it currently maintains a growing roster of 2900 active volunteers nationally, with hundreds more in reserve. “The last three years we have come down to do a bit of a working bee just before the peak summer season, to try and help out Pete, the caretaker and do some bigger jobs that might require a bit more manual labour,” mission commander Nicola Teicher said. “We bring down a crew of maybe eight to 12 people for just over a course of a week and we just get stuck in and get as much done as we can.” Last week the volunteers, installed a donated bench. “So we laid a concrete slab, we put down some paving and then we fixed the seat so that the legatees can kind of sit and enjoy the view and the rose garden,” Ms Teicher said. “We have also paved out a carport, which originally was just a pile of sand with bricks and fire wood, so we cleaned that out, levelled out the sand and laid paving.” Disaster Relief Australia engages volunteers across the country by providing additional benefits such as continued professional development, training, employment opportunities, community service projects and social events.