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Volunteer Programs Thriving at Balgo

Posted on 8 October 2015
Volunteer Programs Thriving at Balgo

Senior students from Lasallian schools in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have been giving up some of their spring holidays to help volunteer in the remote Indigenous community of Balgo Hills.

The town in W-A's Kimberley region is home to Luurnpa Catholic primary school which educates around 120 students from the local Kututja community.

Around 20 students and eight staff members from La Salle College in Perth and St Michael's College Henley Beach have travelled to Balgo Hills in an immersion program, reaching out to their fellow Lasallians there.

The Perth and Adelaide students have been involved in a variety of community service projects in the remote Indigenous community, including handywork, cleaning, mowing the lawns and sports programs with the local students.

A group of Year 10 students from St James College in East Bentleigh were also involved in a similar program at Balgo last month.

La Salle College Middle Swan Coordinator, Shonnie Murphy said it has given the students a much deeper understanding and appreciation of everyday life in a remote community.

"It has helped to forge an ongoing bond between students from our school and the community at Balgo Hills", Ms Murphy said.

"We have a long standing connection to Balgo with around 20 students currently from that community who are boarders in our Indigenous boarding house at La Salle College", she added.

"It's an important part of our social justice program as Lasallians to reach out to the community at Balgo and it's great to see so many schools from around the country pitching in to help those in need".

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