University of Technology Sydney Big Lift students Katy Middleton, Intisarul Hoque, Ganan Ganeshanantham, Joel Underwood, Heeva Shahriari and Mutaza Kanpurwala in Blackbutt.
University of Technology Sydney Big Lift students Katy Middleton, Intisarul Hoque, Ganan Ganeshanantham, Joel Underwood, Heeva Shahriari and Mutaza Kanpurwala in Blackbutt. Tobi Loftus

The Big Lift comes back to Blackbutt

THE spirit of volunteering is coming to the South Burnett, hitting the friendly town of Blackbutt first.

The Big Lift is a student-based project from the University of Technology Sydney that is travelling the country to help share around the volunteering bug.

This project takes 80 students around regional Australia to do painting, gardening, cleaning and construction as well as deconstruction.

They aim to help with community engagement, founded on the philosophy of 'paying it forward', sponsored by UTS, their faculty of health, Activate Clubs, Travelsafe and ResMed.

The Big Lift president Melissa Jimenez said it gives students a unique experience to discover how simple and rewarding volunteering is to help out the wider community.

"The aim of the trip is to demonstrate the idea that if we all come together for a great cause, real change can be achieved," she said.

The Big Lift bus will be visiting Blackbutt from Wednesday night, July 10 to Thursday afternoon, July 11.

During this time, they will be helping an array of groups complete some well needed tasks.

This includes helping the Heritage and Tourism organisation with tidying and gardening, the Blackbutt Show Society with painting the showground's arena fence, sorting office merchandise at the Blackbutt Avofest and helping clean the yard at the Blackbutt RSL.

"The Big Lift aims to help create global citizens that are socially conscious and empowered to be a part of things they want to see changed," says Ms Jimenez.

Town organiser Michelle Zjy said that this project is very inspiring and helps students form a better volunteering mindset at home afterwards.

"In a generation that has every potential to become positively connected with the world, The Big Lift plays an essential role in building that sense of community" Ms Zjy said.