Disaster response chaplains in Laidley are Rickie Haupt, Margot McCrindle, Norma Lemon and Ray Lemon.
Disaster response chaplains in Laidley are Rickie Haupt, Margot McCrindle, Norma Lemon and Ray Lemon. Rob Williams

Crisis-care chaplains here to help

THEY are trained to provide comfort to those left devastated by trauma, and now a team of specialised crisis-care chaplains are using their expertise in the Lockyer Valley.

Based in Withcott, the 18 chaplains are currently dispersed throughout the region, “going where needed”.

The chaplains, from Chaplaincy Australia, are all experienced in dealing with situations that involve mass loss of life and have worked within Victorian communities since the Black Saturday bushfires.

Many also assisted following Cyclone Larry and the tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Chaplaincy Australia national training director Pastor Craig Maher said that the first wave of chaplains would finish their two-week stint on Saturday, with the next team of 18 to arrive Monday. “We knew that such an event would leave a lot of trauma which would demand crisis-care chaplains on the ground,” Mr Maher said.

“That has proven to be true.

“We have had teams in Murphys Creek and Grantham caring for those traumatised, including some of the families of the deceased.

“We are also regularly visiting families who still have family members missing.”



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