This is Teleah updating you all on some of the events of the Big Lift Team, all the way from Eidsvold, Queensland. The two days we spent there were more than eventful. Our days consisted of A LOT of manual labour in various areas within the community. Some students participated in an Optiminds project, where they grouped up with students from Eidsvold State School and worked with them on activities, which melted their brains. This small school catered for 86 students all the way from prep to grade 12. I was paired up with the lovely Leonie and we took our 5 kids outside to play our first game. If anyone knows the game Jenga, it was the same theory, however we used wooden blocks and they were significantly larger. Admittedly, we built the tower up almost as high as Leonie and I (about 150cm ;) ) which was a little awkward because some of these kids were taller than us. At the end of the day, the kids from all groups gathered together and we all played a few games together. I wasn’t very good at them to be honest and I learnt that those kids are A LOT better than me at any game involving numbers. Our final goodbye consisted of 3 ‘fireworks’ from the students, which were 3 loud claps and a giant YEAH BUDDY for some of the most amazing kids I have ever met in my life. It was great to know they had a good time and that we made an impact on them all. I felt like I really connected with the kids in a way that cannot be explained in words. They are such smart kids and they will all go such a long way, they just need the opportunities.
Day 1 is under way and the excitement of the crew has infectiously spread to our 'Little Lifters'. With the bus finally packed and a sentimental send off from QUT's Lee Crockfordand Kim Ah Sam, the trip finally began. Team Mascot Lola (a small dog) was also there to see us off.
After a quiet start from our lifters, a lovely BBQ at Kilcoy Yowie Park woke them up and got them moving. The chatter of the bus indicated initial signs of friendship and excitement for future days. Are we in for a treat!
Once we arrived at Cherbourg, we were warmly welcomed by Rocko, Sandra and Robyn and the rest of the Ration Shed Museum Crew. It was a fitting orientation into the Cherbourg community and our tour through the Old Boys Dormitory brought the community’s hardships into reality. Rocko shared personal accounts from his family’s journeys and it was a privilege to have been party to this. The provision of tea, coffee and cake made for a lovely opportunity to have a yarn, and entertainment was provided by a small and overfriendly dog (Day 1 and already small dogs were taking a liking to us!)
At approximately 6pm, we moved onto our accommodation for the evening – the old principal’s house located on the school grounds. Within minutes of arriving, the children of Cherbourg had spotted us and paid us a visit. Overwhelmed by their attention, we quickly devised games to interact with them and were playing soccer, cricket and Uno before too long. It was wonderful! Upon nightfall, we bid the children farewell and got stuck into cooking the feast for the evening – Lemon Chicken and Rice. Michael and his team of Master Chef’s cooked up a storm! A quick clean up and then it was downstairs for the first night of Big Lift Activities. We began with an hour long name memory game – beginning with Magical Miki and ending with Graceful Grace, with a whole lot of terrific Teleah’s and torturous Terry’s in between. We upped the energy levels with a quick game of High Five Unique Trait and embraced our girly screams. The night ended with the Accountability-Buddy assignment game and an intrapersonal moment, to make a connection with ourselves by identifying our own values, beliefs, areas for improvements and aspirations. The evening ended with making Shower Lists and finding spaces to sleep.
Bring on Day 2!
Over and Out
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