Wednesday 7 November 2012 9:40 AM
Upon arrival we were informed that there are crocs to both the north and south ends of the piece of coast we arrived at, but “none here in this middle bit”. Safe to say we weren’t clamouring over one another for a swim.
We were then welcomed by the students of the Taskul school with lei’s and a traditional welcoming song and dance before splitting in two teams – one crew running a Rugby League clinic with the students, while the other headed off to the local hospital to help out with some much-needed maintenance.
Arriving at the hospital was certainly a defining moment of the trip. The basic necessities of healthcare and safe spaces in which to be treated that we here in Australia take for granted everyday are so starkly unapparent there.
It was immediately uplifting to see how appreciative the hospital staff were for our small contribution of materials in the form of new fly screen, rainwater tanks and guttering and half a day’s labour.
After work and lunch and a bit of kick around with the local kids it was time to head back to our “homes” for some down time.