The next day, we got up early to prepare for the Fun Run.
Some of our volunteers wanted to participate in the run; hence, we split into two teams. One at the starting line, helping with the registration and the other at the finishing line, helping with some booths. Eve and I were helping out Tracy at the Bush Critters booth with arts and crafts for little kids. She had prepared clay so the kids can make their own spider and turtle figurines, using the different shaped pods. It was so cool because some kids unleashed their creativity by making a lot of other animals using clay and pods. Apart from that, Tracy had also prepared paints to colour the pods for the younger kids.
At another station she had was to make their own dream catcher. Tracy was also selling crafts such as hand woven baskets and dream catchers of various sizes. I even managed to get one for myself since she used all natural things to make. I had fun helping out Tracy at the Bush Critters booth. It brought me back to my Art and Craft teacher phase from first years of teaching. I also took some time off to go ahead and watch the tribal dance in between. When the event finished, we helped them wrap up and headed to PCYC for our journey back home.
As I mentioned earlier, this was my first trip to anywhere since I came to Australia, but it has opened up my mind to many great things. I learnt a lot of life lessons, not just about the Indigenous community but very menial lessons like sleeping on a sleeping bag, or the term ‘glamping’. I am glad I made some really good friends on that trip and I can’t emphasise enough on how much that means to me. I can’t wait to learn and experience more during my Mid-Year Trip with Big Lift. I remember saying I am looking forward to a beautiful journey with amazing people. Right now, it feels like I have embarked on that journey. Thanks to some really kind souls who explained things to me patiently, you know who you are 🙂
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