Biglift vis­its again

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EIDSVOLD stu­dents will fea­ture in a doc­u­men­tary to help in­spire learn­ing.

Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents ar­rived in the North Bur­nett com­mu­nity aboard a bus as part of the Biglift pro­gram.

The pro­gram is de­signed to ed­u­cate the univer­sity stu­dents on re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and show the Eidsvold stu­dents what was pos­si­ble when fur­ther­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.

The QUT Biglift be­gan as a stu­dent de­signed project giv­ing young vol­un­teers the op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence in ru­ral and in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

This is the fourth year the crew has come to Eidsvold, and the first time stu­dent lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Jimmy Bur­saw had vis­ited Eidsvold with the group.

“I support the stu­dents on their jour­ney and con­duct reviews of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr Bur­saw said.

This year the stu­dents got in and painted ta­bles at the show­grounds and worked tire­lessly at the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety dust­ing and clean­ing.

But the thrill of ev­ery­one’s visit was the chance to in­ter­act with the school stu­dents from Eidsvold State School.

Sheri Mimis is in charge of the film-mak­ing and doc­u­ment­ing of the Biglift jour­ney.

Miss Mimis said work­ing on the film­ing all the time got her in­volved with ev­ery as­pect of the trip. She said the most amaz­ing part of the trip was the vol­un­teer­ing and the ex­pe­ri­ence of life in the coun­try and ru­ral liv­ing.

“Do­ing com­mu­nity work is the main aim and, of course, in­ter­act­ing with the peo­ple along the way,” Miss Mimis said.

Ideas for the trip next year are be­ing put in place, and a new batch of stu­dents will as­sem­ble in Eidsvold again in 2015.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

BIGLIFT: The Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Biglift bus rolls into town, and stu­dents are ready to help out.

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