In New Zealand the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) have been providing some fantastic support at some of our venues by offering a free BBQ lunch to our students, no matter the size of the student group. At times they have also fed the whole group; students and all staff at a programme day. The staff get to enjoy delicious home-made hamburgers.
Initially starting in the Horowhenua region a couple of years ago it has now expanded across many of our venues from Kaitaia down to Timaru. It has added a fun and welcome element to the RYDA programme which has been really appreciated by students and schools alike. Some students have set a target for the most sausages they can eat – not to be recommended in a half hour time frame if you don’t want some ill side effects!
Rapid Relief Team are a charity that offer support in four key areas: youth, emergency services, homelessness, health and disability. They offer catering services both proactively, like with RYDA, and also reactively, for example if there is a natural disaster they will come along and help feed the emergency services while they are managing the crisis as they did for the Nelson fires.