Uni students to give Finley ‘The Big Lift’
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.’’