THE BIG LIFT 2014
In 2014, we sent 72 students on two buses traveling up through rural NSW and QLD. Stopping off at 4 towns each along the way, both buses began their journey in Sydney and reunited at Emu Logic Farm, Moree Baths and finally the Gold Coast before continuing home via Valla Beach.
Lifters were given the opportunity to help spruce up the local tennis club; tackling three different service projects - giving the outdoor benches a splash of colour, mulching the playground and clearing the weeds from the old bike track and making it reusable again.
Bouyed by the fantastic weather, the White Bus attacked the service project with fervour, painting the showground, sheds and show yards a bright TBL blue!
Lifters kick-started their service projects by painting at the Local Memorial Club, washing their windows, doing some general gardening, planting and even pulling down an old toilet block!
At the showgrounds, Lifters mucked out every single horse stall as well as picking up rubbish and emptying bins around the community.
We split up into several groups to tackle landcare at the local park, maintenance at the Historical Society, and helping out at the Retirement Village before treated to a delicious lunch!
We split into several groups to work fast and efficiently on projects that included - gardening and tidying up a local retirement village, cleaning up the walls and windows at the technology centre and giving the sports hall a huge tidy up.
Eager to repay the kindness from the fantastic dinner, the White Bus worked hard on a variety of jobs around the Miles Historical Village; leaving it much cleaner, fresher and brighter than when we had found it!
Last but not least, the Blue Bus was put hard to work on their final destination to give the Men's Shed a brand new look by painting it top to bottom both inside and out.
After a week's worth of hard work, participants were sent racing across Surfer's Paradise as they took part in the annual BigMazing Race photo scavenger hunt. We then hit the streets of Cavill Mall to perform Random Acts of Kindness, before culminating in a massive dance flashmob to Pharrell Williams' inscapable hit, Happy!
When we finally rolled into Valla Beach, we cooked ourselves a hearty BBQ dinner before showcasing the talents of our Lifters at the annual Bus Idol Finale! We then reflected upon the experiences we had shared, lessons learnt, and the new friendships made during The Big Lift.