Where did we go?
peak hill, nsw
"In Peak Hill, we split up into 2 group with 15 people heading to Peak Hill Showground to do some painting. The rest of us went to the local nature walk where in smaller groups we did a variety of tasks including restoring boardwalks, steps, paths, weeding, planting trees and creating guards for the tree to protect them. We were told that what we did in 4 hours would take them about a year to do as getting volunteers to help out on a regular basis is a constant struggle. I really enjoyed talking with and getting to know some of the people of Peak Hill, fantastic experience." Catherine Walsh
"In Tingha, we assisted BEST Nursery to deconstruct two shade houses, that were held down by concrete and mud. These shade houses were going to be relocated to provide shelter for fresh produce that will be distributed to over 100 households in Tingha. To hear the amazing work that had been already been accomplished, we couldn’t wait to get started. I had the chance to witness the amazing power of communities coming together for a such a great cause." Ai Chih Lim
It was bitter sweet as we arrived to our final town of Blackbutt in Queensland, at what a warm welcoming we had! Meeting the kind and generous locals that night was a pleasure and they were very hospitable to 40 students which they had never met before.
Having already volunteered in 4 towns, the participants were still high on the pay-it-forward spirit and eager to get their hands dirty. We volunteered with Blackbutt and Benarkin Aged Care Association, painting signs and cleaning the storage shed out for the the Scott Haven Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Festival, painting and recoating the facilities at the Blackbutt Show Society and showgrounds, tree planting and mulching with the local Landcare group FEAT and restoration works with the BBH&T Association. As always, it was sad leaving a town which was so open and welcoming to us all and treated us like family. Ganan Ganeshanantham
"In Clifton, we split into eight smaller groups to work on a variety of projects across the town. Students helped out at the Clifton Railway Garden by trimming, weeding, hammering horseshoes and realigning fences. We also worked around the newly built Clifton Medical Centre by weeding and wheelbarrowing peanut shell mulch onto the garden beds. Another group helped at the Clifton Lions Club by working around the garden and painting. Two students worked at the ‘Dabblers’ Art Centre doing painting, and another few helped the Clifton Jockey Club at the stables. There were also people at the local Museum sanding walls. Two groups of 3 students also had the chance to travel to nearby towns Felton and Cambooya, cleaning, weeding and painting around the Felton hall and painting the Anglican Church at Cambooya." Lucy Day-Williams
SURFERS PARADISE, QLD