On its 12th anniversary trip, The Big Lift from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are setting themselves across regional New South Wales and Queensland on a mission to share their volunteering movement across the country.
Founded on the philosophy of ‘Paying it Forward’, The Big Lift is a student run, volunteer organisation that takes eighty students on a nine-day bus trip through regional Australia to complete various volunteering projects. These include painting, gardening, cleaning and simple construction/deconstruction tasks. 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. 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,” says President of The Big Lift, Alysson Zamora.
The Big Lift bus will visit Bingara from Tuesday, 6th July 2021 (evening), departing Wednesday, 7th July 2021 (afternoon) to help various organisations around the town including The Living Classroom, a research centre and showcase for the future of agriculture. The volunteers will help with pruning, weeding, and general gardening.
“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,” says Ms Zamora.
“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” says town organiser Jaskirat Boparai.
UTS students will depart Sydney on Saturday 3rd July 2021 with their trip spanning over nine days. The Big Lift is a recipient of the City of Sydney Volunteer Grant and sponsored by University of Technology and UTS Activate Clubs.