The Big Lift a volunteering organisation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have been paying it forward to rural communities including Canowindra.
The Big Lift brought 10 students to Canowindra over the weekend to volunteer at the Public School assisting the P&C with the installation of an outdoor teach- ing space, tidying pathways and installing blinds in the school kitchen. They then set off to Canowindra’s Community Garden to assist in a number of gardening tasks such as planting and weeding.
“The aim of the weekend trip was to allow our students to reflect back on the concept of ‘community’ and what it means to them. Many of our students agreed that it was fascinating to see how much loyalty and support was present in the upkeep of the community garden and public school and that support at this level is a lot harder to see in the city,” Communications Director Adam Wilson said.
The student run volunteer organisation offers a unique learning experience by helping out rural communities where help is needed the most.
“Our aim is to inspire and show students how easy, fun and rewarding it is to give back to others, provide an opportunity to develop a sense of civic duty and leadership; connect city and international students with other parts of Australia and to discover and learn more about the country and its people; allow students to meet new, diverse and yet like-minded people; and allow students to challenge and personally develop themselves” Adam Wilson said.
All of the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed their experience and stay in Canowindra.
“We would all love to come back! The trip was an incredible success.” The group of Volunteers said.
On behalf of the Canowindra community thank you for making a difference in rural communities including our own.