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From the Big Apple to the Broken Hill

Saturday, 30th July, 2011

HELPING HANDS: American campers Dani and Maddi sift through bags of clothes and toys at Lifeline yesterday. HELPING HANDS: American campers Dani and Maddi sift through bags of clothes and toys at Lifeline yesterday.

Close to 20 school students from New York have arrived in Broken Hill as part of a YMCA camp aimed at promoting leadership.

The 15-year-olds all selected Australia as their destination of choice for the travel and service program offered by US camp operator, Becket Chimney Corners, and the New York YMCA.

The aim is to educate teenagers on the value of community service and teen leadership.

Trip leader, Aliza Travis, told the BDT yesterday during their visit to the Lifeline shop that the teenagers had been to Melbourne and Sydney and wanted to see an outback town such as Broken Hill.

The campers spent the day helping at Lifeline by cutting rags, sorting toys and bagging clothes.

“We’ve been to Meals on Wheels, Lifeline, St Vincent de Paul and did some AFL training yesterday,” Ms Travis said.

“We’re going to an AFL game (today) and the sculptures.

“We have pretty full days.”

One of the visitors, who would only give her name as Mackenzie, said she liked Broken Hill, describing it as a “cute town.”

“It’s just because it’s a little town and we’re getting away from the city,” 

The youngsters are in Australia for eight weeks and their eight-day stay in the city will come to an end on Tuesday.

 

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