A busload of students from the University of Technology in Sydney visited Canowindra on the 4th of July to lend a hand at the Public School, Preschool and the Community Garden.
The Big Lift is a student run university society which takes about 80 students from Sydney to various regional towns to complete volunteer projects ranging from painting, gardening and demolishing unused buildings.
The group arrived on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed activities including a scavenger hunt and a visit to the Age of Fishes Museum.
On Sunday the enthusiastic group of students worked hard on the Canowindra Public School chicken coop and veggie patch as well as doing some general maintenance on the building. There were also students working on the Canowindra Community Garden and other horticultural work at the Canowindra Preschool.
“We loved Canowindra,” said Town Organiser Daniel Martinez, “and we had an amazing dinner organised by the Canowindra P&C for which we were very, very grateful.” The bus will continue its’ 9 day journey from Sydney to the Gold Coast and back again.
Louisa Scott, a final year communications student and President of The Big Lift says “the idea is if we keep doing our little bit, the world will keep being a better place. The Big Lift helps students break free from the cycle of a degree, as they find a community of like-minded individuals and they get to talk to real people who do huge things for real communities.”
By Rosi Broom