The Big Lift to provide a little help for Woodstock township

UTS students Michael Jimenez and Bronte Morgan from The Big Lift helping out at Wyangala Dam Public School in July.
UTS students Michael Jimenez and Bronte Morgan from The Big Lift helping out at Wyangala Dam Public School in July.

A team of 20 students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will be lending a hand in Woodstock this weekend as a part of the The Big Lift’s “Little Lifts” program. The group last visited Woodstock in 2016. 

The Big Lift has decided to continue the ‘Little Lifts’ program this year after its great success in 2017. ‘Little Lifts’ offers students, the chance to give back to communities over shorter, more frequent weekend trips.

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 volunteering projects.

“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,” UTS Student and Communications Director of The Big Lift, Rachel Nordon said.

“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.”

The bus will be visiting Woodstock to help the community with gardening, painting and cleaning. The 20 students will arrive on Friday, September 14 and will depart Sunday afternoon, September 16.

“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,” student Lucy Day-Williams said. 

“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.”

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.