THE BIG LIFT 2012
In 2012, we expanded and took 2 buses each with 30 students along for the ride.
Greeted by members of Friends of Adams Lead, we were given a beginners class on identifying plants, which helped us to weed properly and dig holes for posts. We also did some sign painting and picked fresh mandarins which we later snacked on!
Some of our group stayed at the pavilion to do some restorative painting at the sports field next door whilst the other half headed to the Quirindi Rural Heritage Village, where we did some gardening and cleaning around the village.
In our second visit to Muswellbrook, our duties included massive amounts of painting and some gardening around the centre. We also work at a local childcare centre, where the team cleaned the entire cupboard.
We worked at the local primary school where Lifters painted amazing murals in the classrooms, sorted school uniform and helped a local citizen maintain her regionally-recognised garden.
One half of the team headed to the Barraba Showgrounds where we painted poles! The others stayed back at the RSL Hall where we had spent the night in, repainting the inside walls and some of the exterior details.
Here, we worked in the town hall which generously housed us; doing garden maintenance and general clean up. Another team worked in the local Anglican church to clean up the yard and make way for the new playground.
Our arrival in Bingara was much-anticipated, with the townspeople putting on an enormous spread a the Roxy Theatre. The next day, the team planted trees at the Bingara Living Classroom, a world-leading experiment in agriculture science.
We spent the night in a scout hall, with our community service comprising of helping at the local church and performing Random Acts of Kindness around the town.
At Brisbane, the main event was the 'Rethink Social Change' conference at QUT. Afterwards, the team formed several small groups 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 ice-cream.
Here, the team took the night to reflect on their experiences and focus on how the spirit of helping and empowering others can be carried on once we return home.