These school holidays, students from the Penrith Anglican College in Sydney visited Cootamundra as part of the ‘Dusty Boots’ program.
The Dusty Boots program is an arm of the Anglican Bush Church Aid which is designed specifically for young people.
The program involves students visiting a regional area to provide a week of service to the community.
This is an annual activity for the college’s year 11 students who volunteer to become involved.
Other areas visited over the years have included Broken Hill, other outback areas and Western Australia.
Cootamundra Meals on Wheels was just one of many organisations in town that benefited from the students’ generosity.
Students and staff were involved with delivery of meals over four days and gave their time and energy to assist some of the service’s consumers with some gardening.
Additionally, the young people assisted the Muttama Creek Regeneration Group with gardening and landscaping, helped at Riding for the Disabled and visited the Nursing Home and Retirement Village where students were involved in a variety of activities including craft and gardening.
They lend their combined muscle to maintenance at the Anglican Church, Baptist Church and at Bimbadeen where they stayed for the week.
There was music and activities at Elouera Day Centre and a visit to Cootamundra’s Heritage Centre and the Temora Aviation Museum.