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13 December, 2022

Shellharbour students lend a helping hand

Sharp-eyed locals last week may have noticed a cluster of tents at Gilgandra Showground.

By Emily Middleton

These weren’t just eager campers, however, but a group of students from Shellharbour Anglican College, here to lend a hand where they could.

As part of completing their Gold ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’, candidates are required to participate in community service and, for the past few years, Gilgandra has been the school’s port of call.

“It’s been great, we’ve been coming out here for a number of years to do different things in the community, and I always love coming back,” teacher, Dan Odell enthused.

“I love Gilgandra, it’s a great little town, but it’s really encouraging to see the difference that a bunch of young, energetic people can do, and get into jobs that people might not have had the time or the resources to get to.”

This year, the students made their way around to help out at Tooraweenah Public School, Uncle Ralph Naden’s place, the showground, local churches, and the museum. Catching up with a few of the students working at Gilgandra Museum, they said they were enjoying their time working through and looking at all the displays.

 “We’ve been dusting off the equipment, it’s very cool to see all the things the museum has in its collection,” one student, Lilly Gutterson, said.

President of the historical society, Max Zell, said that the students’ work has been incredibly helpful around the museum.

“They did some leatherwork, using a conditioner specific for seats on buggies, and linseed oil on unpainted materials,” he said.

“They also did some general washing and cleaning-down of the machinery, and small fencing out the back. It’s all been very useful,” he added.

The Year 11 Shellharbour Anglican College students all thoroughly enjoyed their Gilgandra experience, and are looking forward to visiting again in the near future.

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