Well I'm getting very excited as we are heading into our final weeks before we leave and get this trip under way. The countdown is on with only 23 days left before we get all our lifters together on the bus and set off on our amazing journey. There still seems like so much to do though. The TO DO list always seems to be growing.
The crew have had some minor speed humps and a few give way and go slow signs on our way but nothing is going to stop us now- Green lights all ahead. The efforts of this year's crew have been amazing. Not only in getting the whole concept of Big Lift up and running at QUT but also in their own personal lives as well. This trip is going to be a testament to all their hard work and what an excellent testament it will be.
But we still need everyone's support. This is a community trip and needs a community spirit to keep it going. Keep up the great work everyone.
Hey all, its Kass again!
So just wanted to share with you all how hard it is sometimes to contain my excitement about the QUT Big Lift!
I've been involved with the project since it's QUT inception late last year - so I have had plenty of time to get acquainted with this feeling of surging motivation and limitless excitement! But for those of you who are new to this, my advice is embrace it! It's more than natural to get this happy when you know you can have a life changing experience whilst volunteering, whilst travelling! BRING IT ON!
But, we at the QUT Big Lift want to share the excitement - and what better way than to host an information night!! Held at Kelvin Grove this Tuesday and Gardens Point of Wednesday (check the home page for deatils!), it's the best way to find out more and cement that smile on your dial! Bring all your friends, and all your ideas and join in on the craze of the year!
Big hearts unite!
Last Wednesday myself, and some members of the QUT Big Lift team attended a conference on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Rights at Queensland's Parliament House. It certainly was a peculiar scene given that much of the laws that continue to disadvantage Indigenous Australians were devised here. Nonetheless, a modern representation of activists, Indigenous members, and other interested parties stood alongside each other to reactivate the same conversation that has been going on for far too long. The history of hurt was certainly evident. We have now come to a stage in society where a lot of Elders stray from conferences such as these. I must admit, I don't blame them! Think about it, what actually comes out of these conferences? What tangible outcomes come out of conferences such as these if you continue to talk about the same topics over and over again.
It is indicative that there is no change. There is however one thing that will always change, the people and faces that attend as time and life pass on. Behind each face is a willingness to get things done; a willingness to work with each other to develop and provide positive change to people that continue to be disadvantaged. As a society we can donate to earthquakes overseas and other natural disasters, but the dominant coalition in Australia refuses to support an unnatural, man-made disaster that is evident within our own country - the land in which we share with Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Indigenous communities do not want a pay out, they want to be heard. They want to afford their wisdom to people who are in positions of power, to use that power for good. Not to build an alcohol canteen in communities where Elders opposed the sale of alcohol in the first place, yet the government in all their wisdom gives a green light to. Seriously it doesn't take blind Freddy or his long lost cousin deaf Derrick to work out that in order to deliver a successful program, the direct stakeholders need to be consulted with. Let's start that conversation. With all of these communicat
I don't want to get angry - yes I am angry, but this anger burns from a passion to write change in the history books of tomorrow. Please take the time to reflect on a quote from an activist, 'if you don't know how you can be part of the change, then you form part of the problem.'
If it wasn't clear before, I hope it is now. We need to start realising our capacity to change, I want to show you this on our trip.
Hype around campus is picking up. Students are starting to register and spots on the bus are filling up. Thanks to everyone who has registered so far. I'm so glad to find there is other student's around who want to get on this bus too. You guys are are giving me the motivation to keep going. I'm really looking forward to this trip now. The latest count says there is only another 45 days until we leave. I can't wait.
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