Cam had been aiming to take a six-month break from his third-year University course, until COVID-19 scuppered his travel plans. Now he’s staying closer to home, volunteering on Habitat NSW’s Bushfire Recovery Programme in the Blue Mountains, less than 10 minutes from where he lives.
“Even if you can make a small difference in someone’s life by doing something practical, it’s really worth it,” he says.
“I was looking for a chance to volunteer, and I had previously looked at opportunities overseas with Habitat, which had fallen through. Then this came up. It’s been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed it.
“Two days ago, I helped build a retaining wall, today it’s a fence. Next week I think it’s a pump shed, so all the time I’m learning new things.
“And it’s great fun, you’re with like-minded people having a good time, but also helping people who’ve been through a really tough time in a practical way. So it’s really good. I’m definitely going to keep volunteering. Plenty of people up here really need help.”
Cam, who has been a member of the local Rural Fire Service for a couple of years, resumes his degree in about a month.