THE BIG LIFT 2011
Our lifters assisted with various jobs that involved concreting, painting and gardening at the local PCYC, as well as gardening at two local childcare centres and scrubbing a local church.
Half of our team went to the Narrabri Ability Support Service, a group home for women. Altogether, we shoveled 6 tonnes of dirt, weeded garden beds and other maintenance odd-jobs. The second group assisted at the Mercy Respite village and focused on constructing a fence.
Here, the team took the night to reflect on experiences and focus on how the spirit of helping and empowering others can be carried on once we return home.
The team formed several smaller teams to perform random acts of kindness around the city. This included a hospital visit, free hugs, singing and dancing in public places, cheer letters and free ice-cream.
We worked in 8 different places around Warialda - the local schools, the stream that runs through the town, the historic Carinda House, the local Anglican and Presbyterian churches, the Hospital and Bowling Club.
18 students went to the Girraween National Park, moving and sandbagging decomposed granite to help recover the popular Junction Track that was affected by the January floods. At the community gardens, the team built a rammed earth wall, dig trenches to drain water away and laid the groundwork for new garden beds.