The Big Lift from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), is offering 20 UTS students the chance to immerse themselves in a unique style of learning by volunteering in Gooloogong and Canowindra this weekend.
The Big Lift is offering students the chance to give back to communities over shorter, more frequent weekend trips called, “Little Lifts.”
Founded on the philosophy of ‘Paying it Forward’, The Big Lift is a student run, volunteer organisation that offers students the opportunity to jump on board a bus throughout regional Australia and complete various volunteering projects.
These have included painting, gardening, cleaning and simple construction/deconstruction tasks.
With a focus on community engagement, The Big Lift works closely with towns to provide help where it is most needed.
“What we hope to achieve with our Little Lifts program is to show our students the value in being an active member of the community as well as the importance of being kind and supportive to those in need,” says Engineering student and President of The Big Lift, Intisarul Hoque.
“What I love about these trips is that a little effort really pays off and when we come together for such a great cause, real change can be achieved.”
One bus will be visiting Canowindra to help Canowindra Public School and Canowindra Community Garden with various gardening tasks.
Another will be visiting Gooloogong to help Gooloogong Racecourse, Gooloogong School Landcare, and even the Gooloogong Rural Fire Brigade with similar tasks.
Each bus will be arriving in their town on Friday, April 7 (evening) and will depart Sunday, April 9 (afternoon).