A lift for Wyangala village

For its ninth year running, The Big Lift team from the University of Technology Sydney are setting themselves across regional NSW and Victoria on a mission to share their volunteering movement across the country.

For a second time the Big Lift bus will visit Wyangala from Saturday, July 7 (in the evening), departing Sunday, July 8 (in the afternoon) to help various organisations around the town including Wyangala Public School and Wyangala Country Club with gardening and setting up a butterfly garden and orchid.

Founded on the philosophy of ‘Paying it Forward’, The Big Lift is a student run, volunteer organisation that takes two busloads of students on a nine-day bus trip through regional Australia.

These include painting, gardening, cleaning and simple construction/deconstruction tasks.

Nursing student and president of The Big Lift, Lucy Day-Williams, said with a focus on community engagement, The Big Lift works closely with towns across the country to provide help where it is needed.

“The Big Lift gives students a unique experience to discover how simple and rewarding volunteering is to help out the wider community,” she said.

“The aim of the trip is to demonstrate the idea that if we all come together for a great cause, real change can be achieved.”

Ms Day-Williams said the students who choose to volunteer for The Big Lift were building a global sense of community.

“The Big Lift aims to help create global citizens that are socially conscious and empowered to be a part of things they want to see changed,” she said.

“I’ve seen so many students do great things for their community after being inspired by the volunteering projects they participated in on past trips.

“In a generation that has every potential to become positively connected with the world, The Big Lift plays an essential role in building that sense of community.”

On their previous visit the team assisted community groups in Gooloogong and Canowindra.

The Big Lift is sponsored by the University of Technology Sydney (Student Services Unit, Faculty of Arts and Science Sciences, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Faculty of Science, Activate UTS), Lendlease, ResMed, Unbound, Construction Sciences and Telfords.