• Rikki Lambert

All aboard the volunteer convoy to blitz Orroroo



Rural Aid is seeking South Australian volunteers to join their convoy to to as many community projects as possible in a town beautification blitz in early April.

The event is part of Rural Aid’s ‘Our Towns’ drought-recovery program and Orroroo is one of 10 towns chosen across Australia to participate. The District council of Orroroo Carrieton put their name forward and Orroroo ws awarded $100,000 to deliver a range of community-building projects, kicking off with a town makeover next month.

Volunteers will spend a week helping freshen up Orroroo’s key buildings and sunny streetscape and Rural Aid community projects co-ordinator Jen Curnow-Trotter promised a good feed and fun atmosphere, telling Flow on Monday:

"I tell you what, I can promise you, you will be well-fed, you will get to experience some true bush banter, you will meet a great great bunch of people and make some lifelong friends and all the while doing some rewarding work helping our mates in the bush."

Hear Jen Curnow-Trotter's full interview on Flow in the podcast player below:

The Rural Aid convoy is scheduled to arrive in Orroroo on Sunday the 3rd of April, 2022, and will depart on the 9th of April.

But Rural Aid’s Community Programs Coordinator said the charity is still searching for some extra helping hands.

Curnow said the call-out for volunteers was in part driven by logistical challenges common during the pandemic:

“With Covid-19 still causing travel delays and dramas, we’re still short on volunteers for our Orroroo event.
“We’d love for some more South Australian-based volunteers to join Rural Aid’s volunteering ranks. This means we’ll be able to give Orroroo the best boost possible."

Rural Aid volunteers are provided caravanning spots, fed three meals a day, and have free time to explore the region or relax by the campfire at night.

“Volunteering with Rural Aid is really rewarding. You’ll meet a great bunch of people and make friends for life, all while helping our mates in the bush,” Ms Curnow-Trotter said.

For more information, or to register as a volunteer, please contact Rural Aid’s Farm and Community Volunteer Coordinator Julia Hahn on (07) 3153 4612 or at head office 1300 327 624, and by emailing Julia.hahn@ruralaid.org.au

Rural Aid provides critical support to farmers affected by natural disaster through financial, wellbeing and fodder assistance. Rural Aid’s community programs help create more sustainable communities by building stronger futures for all Australian farmers.