We gave our young people the opportunity to give back and they did so without hesitation and with great enthusiasm.
Rural communities in NSW have been in drought for years but 2018 saw 99% of the state in a drought crisis. Farmers battled with lack of feed for their animals, dry dams and difficult decisions about their livelihoods.
Our young people and staff know first-hand what it’s like to live in dire circumstances – and how much it means to have someone offer a helping hand in their greatest time of need.
So in response to the crisis, we decided to roll up our sleeves and head out on a week-long convoy to give back to those doing it tough in rural NSW.
The first two days were all about helping our farmers. The young people visited two farms near Mudgee to lend a hand and even learned how to herd sheep, which proved to be lots of fun.It brought a rare moment of joy to those who had been surrounded by so much sadness in recent months.
Day 3 saw us travel to the town of Coonamble. It was a fun stop where our young people were playing, singing and dancing with the local community.
On the final day we visited Brewarrina and Bourke. Bourke was by far the largest community event run during the convoy and it was great for our kids to connect with our Bourke Outreach in what felt like a family reunion.
Given these opportunities to learn new skills and help others, our young people grew so much in such a short amount of time.
Father Chris Riley said “Everyone has really inspired me this week. You’ve made me proud to be the boss of one of the best organisations in Australia.”