Suncorp and community partner, Clontarf Foundation, a not-for-profit focused on improving the education, life skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, have joined forces to educate Queenslanders on the importance of becoming storm-ready.
As part of Suncorp’s Storm Ready Street campaign, seven Clontarf volunteers cleaned up a local campsite to prepare for the storm season ahead. The foundation also secured a $1,000 Suncorp grant that will benefit its Duke of Edinburgh program which uses the campsite.
“We’re taking the lessons we’ve learnt from years of event response and paying it forward as an education program,” said Scott Cooper, Suncorp’s manager for industry and community relationship. It’s a way of engendering a community together in, what could be, a significant storm season.”
Joan Barber, leader of the Bluewater Girl Guides, who use the campsite, said she was incredibly grateful for the effort the Clontarf boys had made to help clean up the large property.
“We have 11.5 acres of property to maintain, situated on the banks of Bluewater Creek,” Barber said. “It is a big job to get the property ready for storm season, but the boys have been doing a fantastic job.”
Suncorp urged Queenslanders to prepare for storm season by completing general maintenance, trimming overhanging trees and branches, removing any loose debris, cleaning out gutters and downpipes, and securing or putting away items outside.