After completing the arduous High School Certificate exams, the light at the end of the tunnel for many year 12 students is the Schoolies celebrations at the Gold Coast.
But for one Griffith student, going to Nepal as part of Rotary’s Nepal, the alternative Schoolies Project, helping out those less fortunate in Nepal has been what is keeping her going.
Olivia Mulholland is off to Nepal this week, and is looking forward to her stay, to help out and also be helped in the process.
“I wanted to make a difference and help out others, as well as experiencing all the cultural differences,” miss Mulholland said.
Born and raised in Griffith, Miss Mulholland has spent the last few years in Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange.
She says her life in Griffith, and her dedication to family, have helped shaped her passion to help others.
The program is run by the Orange Rotary, and out of 80 applicants, 32 were chosen, which will be split into two groups to switch on the trip.
The people who had done it before were saying that you think you are going over there to make a difference to them, but you’ll also be really changed as a person, you grow from it.Olivia Mulholland.
Those selected each take over 20kgs worth of supplies, for example old school laptops and sanitary products, will teach English, and be involved in painting and rebuilding infrastructure damaged by the earthquake in 2015.
But it’s not all work, with elephant rides, zip lining and trekking a part of the agenda as well.
“We have been doing a heap of team building exercises leading up to the trip, so I know everyone quite well, I’m super excited!”
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“The people who had done it before were saying that you think you are going over there to make a difference to them, but you’ll also be really changed as a person, you grow from it.”