Uni stu­dents to give Fin­ley ‘The Big Lift’

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Seventy-seven stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Syd­ney will visit Fin­ley next week as part of the univer­sity’s vol­un­teer­ing pro­gram ‘The Big Lift’.

Since 2010, UTS stu­dents have trav­elled around Aus­tralia and pro­vided vol­un­teer­ing as­sis­tance for small towns.

The stu­dents will ar­rive on Mon­day for a din­ner hosted by Fin­ley Lions in the Bob Close Pavil­ion.

The stu­dents will stay overnight at the show­grounds be­fore spending four hours on Tues­day vol­un­teer­ing their time. Some of the du­ties in­clude paint­ing fences at the show­grounds and the Mary Law­son Way­side Rest and gar­den­ing and clean­ing up at St Joseph’s School, Fin­ley Public School and Bi­ralee Preschool.

Lions mem­ber Carol Kennedy said the club and other com­mu­nity groups have never hosted any­thing like this be­fore.

‘‘All com­mu­nity groups know how hard it is to at­tract more vol­un­teers, so this is a huge ben­e­fit for the town.

‘‘Although it might be a short visit, we’re pleased these young stu­dents from the city have cho­sen to stop in Fin­ley and I have no doubt it will save us time on some odd jobs we’ve been want­ing to do for a long time,’’ she said.

The uni’s 2018 trip also in­cludes stopovers at Wyan­gala, Man­durama, Gan­main, Whit­ton, Har­court, Dingee, Skip­ton and Mered­ith.

Nurs­ing stu­dent and Big Lift pres­i­dent Lucy Day Wil­liams said it will give the stu­dents a ‘‘unique ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

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