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Girls’ life changing trip

Thursday, 16th January, 2014

Madison Lawrence and Britt Tangey with some of the local children they assisted during a recent trip  volunteering in South Africa. Madison Lawrence and Britt Tangey with some of the local children they assisted during a recent trip volunteering in South Africa.

By Nick Gibbs

Eco volunteers Madison Lawrence and Britt Tangey have thanked the Broken Hill community for its support after returning from a conservation and community development adventure in South Africa in December.

From caring for crocs and cheetahs to helping construct a local school, the girls made the most of their time abroad during what has been a life changing experience.

Madison explained how the trip gave the pair the opportunity to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

“We helped to paint the house of a family whose father had recently passed away from HIV ... there were nine children living there,” she said.

The volunteer work also included helping to educate local students and installing new play equipment.

Britt counted holding a Christmas party for local children on the last day of the trip as a major highlight.

“We were able to use some of the money to provide toys and food for the kids,” she said.

In the months before they left, the pair worked hard to raise money through a range of activities including holding cake stalls and raffling AFL jumpers.

The motivation to get involved in the program was sparked when a spokesperson from Volunteer Eco Students Abroad spoke at Madison’s University where she is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. 

Both girls agreed it was a worthwhile experience and hoped to have more opportunities to volunteer overseas. 

“It’s definitely something I would like to do again once I’ve finished my degree,” Madison said.

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