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Support staff from Endeavour Foundation services in Innisfail is being recognised at a local level, with a dinner to acknowledge their commitments in safeguarding people with a disability during Cyclone Yasi.
Craig Strutt, Kathy Heyne and Jennifer Pasco from the Charles Street residence supported six Endeavour clients in the evacuation centre throughout the ordeal, ensuring they were comfortable and safe while also attending to their needs.
Kylea Bergquist, the Residential, Post School Services and Lifestyle & Learning service Co-ordinator in Innisfail, who is organising their special night out, said “they did something above and beyond the call of duty”.
“Our clients were well supported throughout the course of the cyclone by our amazing staff. They agreed to stay even knowing this was a category 5 cyclone to ensure our clients were safe and sound.”
Craig, Kathy, and the Service Users arrived at the evacuation centre at the Innisfail State College at 1.00 am on Wednesday 2nd February and arrived home on the 3rd. The evacuation centre provided a safe haven to 200 people who had to cope with a lack of air conditioning and limited power as Cylone Yasi arrived.
Craig Strutt says it was a long day and night but they felt safe. “We didn’t feel particularly comfortable but knew we were in the right place and the emergency services were fantastic. Our clients did really well; they were amazing. It wasn’t an easy time but they cruised through”.
The Endeavour Foundation in Innisfail also provides residential accommodation service for 8 people, a business service which provides training and employment opportunities for people with a disability, Lifestyle & Learning services, and a respite service.
David Coles, Media & Communications Officer
Phone: (07) 3908 7109
Fax: (07) 3253 7271