THE BIG LIFT 2018
Here, Lifters worked all around Mandurama Public School with multiple tasks that included - sanding and lacquering bench seats, digging and planting a sensory garden of lavender and rosemary, clearing rubbish around the pond, painting the black metal arch at the school entrance, digging out plants from corrugated iron planters and many more! We even shared our experiences at university to some of the school kids.
The lovely town representative, Tracy, split us into three service projects. These included covering the Whitton Community Hall floors with varnish, helping the local artist with her power pole artwork restoration and helping clean up and dismantle an old garden at the Whitton Historical Museum. Some Lifters helped a local volunteer by organising the inside of an office by hanging pictures, moving artefacts and general cleaning duties.
Lifters did a great amount of mulching in the newly built garden and around the Wyangala Dam Public School. There were non-native trees that had to be cut down and moved outside of the school grounds. On top of that, a hundred new native plants were planted in preparation for the butterfly orchard to be opened in the coming school semester. Lifters also went to the Golf Club to shovel and level dirt, as well as general maintenance.
Our lifters were split into three different locations. At The Ganmain Historical Society, we cleaned historic artefacts, mopped and did some general dusting of the museum. Out the back, lifters helped Brian, Nick, Bill and good ol Pete by oiling the saddle seats and straps. At the Murumbang Interpretative Walk, we collected all sorts of rubbish as the third group gave the Ganmain Community Hall a fantastic clean!
In total, 8 teams were formed to complete tasks in the assigned locations and were each led by a local. The townspeople all assisted in the labour and provided transportation to and from! The majority of the tasks included painting, mulching, cleaning and gardening all around town!
On arrival, we came face to face with a towering bonfire that the school had put on to keep us warm and entertained. The following day, Lifters worked worked for 4 hours to paint the walls for the East Loddon P-12 College's safety lines, the surrounding fences and bins. The work was described by many as therapeutic and enjoyable!
We had 10-15 of the participants head down to the Harcourt Valley Primary School to help Sue move mulch, as the remaining went to the Victorian Miniature Railway to help build tracks for the anticipated tourist site. A handful of the lifters experienced using a power drill for the first time! Lifters also fixed up a fence line, transported firewood and moved steel beams.
We had teams go out to various locations including the Meredith Primary School, St Joeys Op Shop, Meredith Community Hall, Meredith Cemetary, Meredith Golf Club and Community Centre. Our tasks ranged from power cleaning, gardening, painting to moving resources. We also had two groups clean graffiti signage and remove tree guards around town.
Lifters worked at the Presbyterian Church where we did various tasks such as plastering and painting the interior of the manse, cleaning the dust and cobwebs, weeding the garden beds and piling the debris. We later then created a large bonfire from all the junk that was in the garage which was rather fascinating!
In Federation Square, Lifters were split into their groups and give $20 to buy anything and give to strangers, known as 'Random Acts of Kindness'. The group then collated to Federation Square to dance in a flash mob to Zedd's popular 'The Middle'.We then ended the day with a celebratory dinner at the local Thai restaurant.