More than 40 years ago, Rev Dr Allan Walker of Wesley Mission imagined a place where people could connect with their community, each other and the environment. Earlier this month, 25 staff from the Office of Planning and Strategic Management (OPSM) together with Student Administration continued this vision, collaboratively engaged in a full day of volunteer activities to support Wesley Vision Valley in Arcadia.
Wesley Vision Valley is part of a recreation and sponsorship program that seeks to build self-esteem, heighten self-worth and encourage young people to believe in themselves through participation in outdoor adventure-based activities, team building experiences and other life-changing programs. Nestled on over 100 acres of magnificent bushland around 45 minutes north of Sydney, Vision Valley has beenproviding memorable experiences to individuals, families and groups for over 40 years.
Throughout the day, OPSM and Student Administration staff completed a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities:
Assistance with environmental upgrade and bush regeneration
General maintenance of trails, removing weeds, rocks and tree branches;
Paint work for the trail signs
Construction and maintenance of a mountain bike trail, including shovelling earth
Lodge maintenance - removing furniture, assembling new furniture and general housekeeping.
Despite the very hot weather, the OPSM and Student Administration staff did an amazing job to complete all the designated tasks, and found the day to be a very worthwhile and rewarding experience.
Not only was the day a chance to make a difference by undertaking much needed maintenance and care of the site, it also provided a great opportunity to get to know each other away from our usual work schedules.
During the day, ACU staff were rewarded with a much deserved sausage sizzle and had a chance to meet the camp’s local resident, ‘Roast’ (a very tame and cute old duck).