Posted by Oakhill College
on 22 February 2019
2018 Oakhill College Captain, Alexander Murrie, will spend 2019 as a Lasallian Volunteer at a remote Aboriginal Community in Balgo, Western Australia where he will look to make a positive social impact.
Balgo is a small community with a population of approximately 600. It lies in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, almost 260km from the nearest major town.
The Lasallian Volunteer program is a personal development and vocational opportunity open to those aged over 18, including teachers, non-teaching staff and young adults, who are interested in living out the Lasallian mission. The Program operates in many parts of the world with a connection to the De La Salle Brothers. Volunteers choose to dedicate one or two years of their life to give back and live and work in community to benefit others.
As part of the Program, Alex will have the opportunity to support the students at Luurnpa Catholic School, immerse himself in the many aspects of school life, as well as in the disadvantaged Wirrimanu Aboriginal community and culture.
Alex was one of almost 70,000 students to sit for the HSC last year. His results were testament to hard work and dedication applied during his time at Oakhill College.
"My goal is to eventually study medicine so that I can live in similar communities to Balgo and provide assistance where it is really needed. Following the year in Balgo, I will commence undergraduate physiotherapy at ACU (Australian Catholic University) which will form the beginning of the long path to becoming a doctor." said Alex.