Know someone who could do with a help in the garden? Well, the Red Cross Cadets at Cornerstone Christian College wish to give the general public the opportunity to nominate worthy recipients to receive some garden maintenance.
The Red Cross Cadets have been part of the Cornerstone experience for the past few years, and the program itself is the only one of its kind to operate within a school environment in Western Australia. It is a Youth Development program that encourages community responsibility and service.
As part of their community service focus, the Cadets have been spending their Friday afternoons helping pensioners, single parents and other members within the community with basic garden maintenance. The opportunity has arisen, in partnership with Cornerstone Church of Christ, for members of the public to nominate persons they know who could do with a helping hand. It may be an elderly neighbour, a single parent, or someone who has been unwell. Whatever their story, a select number of worthy recipients are sought to be served by the Cornerstone Red Cross Cadets.
In recent days, they have been seen mowing lawns, weeding gardens, installing basic reticulation, cleaning gutters and pruning overgrown gardens. If these tasks sound like those needed by someone in your neighbourhood, then this may be your opportunity. There is no cost to those who are served and no hidden agenda. It is about giving students the chance to be valuable contributors to the Busselton community.
Cornerstone Christian College Chaplain, Debbie Robinson, in partnership with Cornerstone Community Pastor, Rick Paget, invite your nominations for recipients. Both Debbie and Rick have been working with the teams over the past few weeks, and have been delighted with the dedication, commitment, hard-work and respect they have shown towards those whose homes they have entered.
According to Debbie, this is a great opportunity to help someone in need, whilst giving young men and women the chance to learn about service to their broader community and those in need.
‘I have been so encouraged by the enthusiastic response from the students to help those who are not able to help themselves, they have all worked well and have really been a blessing to the recipients of our gardening. One of the aims of the Red Cross Cadet Programme is to demonstrate the power of humanity and the gardening has been a practical way to do this. I think it’s also important for the students to realize that our community benefits when we take time to help others.’
To nominate someone for one of the mini makeovers, please email Debbie at email@example.com