THE BIG LIFT 2016 - SUMMER TRIP
We visited Dalgety for two nights as we worked closely with the South East Local Land Services with the restoration of the Snowy River.
We then visited Jindabyne to do some gardening and creek restoration at the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.
KIAMA & BOMADERRY
Lastly, we visited Gunning where we worked with Landcare, the Uniting Church, Lions Club, Early Learning Centre, Gunning Community Care and Showground for the Show Society.
Along the way, we had an amazing race in Kiama; visited the Bega Cheese Factory, went bush walking on the Pallaibo walking track where we also swam in the Thredbo River, and stayed overnight in Bomaderry Scout Hall.
THE BIG LIFT 2016 - WINTER TRIP
For the first time in our seven years of running, we decided to travel through regional NSW and VIC, all the way to Melbourne which was our celebration city. The summer trip, which took place earlier in the year, was a catalyst for continuing our journey in this direction! This year, we took 80 students on two busloads across the country over nine days and nine towns!
The projects in Wyangala revolved around helping Wyangala Dam Public School with gardening, planting, moving and spreading mulch and shifting debris.
We helped pull down a fence behind the CWA rooms, did some painting in the CWA room, painted the bowling club, spruced up some trees at the show ground and dug hole in preparation for planting trees.
Lifters moved a massive mile of mulch into garden beds at Captains Flat Public School, as well as painted pots and poles around the school grounds.
While in Dalgety, the volunteers assisted by mulching the playground at Dalgety Public School, doing maintenance work at two houses owned by senior citizens, helped mulch trees and painted the wool shed for the Dalgety Show Society.
In Orbost, all 80 lifters worked on various projects in multiple locations. At the Neighbourhood House and Sensory Gardens, Lifters did some general gardening, restored dated historical photos, clay modeled of maize fields for an art gallery in Bairnsdale and engineering students helped mock up a drawing for their garden shed repair. Lifters also painted at the RSL Club and did some general cleaning at the St James Hall followed by a performances for all the townspeople!
We did various jobs at the public school including - gardening and weeding, clearing the chicken coop, tree planting and clearing the school hall. We also dug trenches at the Memorial Hall for garden beds, removed debris, moved two organs to be refurbished from the Anglican Church, planting and weeding at the ovals and removed fences at the Catholics Church.
Here, we worked closely with Neil for a timber service project where we carried, unloaded and took the donated timber to the Men's Shed to be chopped and sanded. Lifters also worked with Graham at the Exhibition Centre to take out staples from the walls as well as taking down fences at the showground and making holes for new posts on the field.
In Rosedale, we worked with the Lions Club to do some general cleaning of the club's cafe in preparation for the racing season, painting and gardening at the Neighbourhood House, window cleaning at the Women's Auxiliary, painting at the Men's Shed, general cleaning at the historical society building, and cleaning for the mechanical hall committee.
Lifters spray painted some mural art for the upcoming Shakespeare Festival, sanded and put together some tables for the Segue Community Hub and also completed and artwork on one, chopped up some fire wood, did some tree planting and landscaping at the football and cricket ovals, mowing and sprucing jobs at the Men's Shed, and renovated the seats at the bowling club.
While in Melbourne, we got up to some fun things! We participated in Random Acts of Kindness, which was followed by our spectacular flash mob at Federation Square!