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Yarrilinks calls for volunteers

EXPERIENCE: Volunteers will gather for a Yarrilinks cultural and planting weekend.

EXPERIENCE: Volunteers will gather for a Yarrilinks cultural and planting weekend.

Organisers of an annual Yarrilinks Landcare weekend are calling for last-minute volunteers to help plant trees and shrubs, host visitors and provide general help.
The annual community Yarrilinks planting weekend is a unique event that invites city-based migrants, farmers and the general community to gather for a working celebration that has gone beyond a simple planting day.
Organisers describe it as an opportunity to learn from and teach others about rural community life in Australia, and to welcome people from around the world to plant trees on Wimmera farms.
This year’s planting weekend at Minyip starts on Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday.
Project manager Rae Talbot said Yarrilinks offered Wimmera people with ‘a fascinating, humbling and above all, positive experience’ by hosting someone from a different culture.
“A busload of new Australians, many of them refugees, will be coming together to leave their mark on our landscape – they are coming to plant trees,” she said.
“We need to provide accommodation for these guests and we need help.”
This year’s Yarrilinks Planting Weekend is possible through the continued support of the Handbury Foundation through Ace Radio Broadcasters, state and federal governments, volunteers and host families. 
Mrs Talbot said the project provided a fantastic boost to the region’s environment, economy and community.
“The event rotates between Yarriambiack Shire towns, providing a boost to small businesses and the local economy with supplies and services sourced when possible from the host community,” she said.
“This year, groups to benefit will include Minyip kindergarten and Lions club, which will help cater for the 600-plus meals that volunteers consume during the busy weekend.”
More than 1000 volunteers from 30 nationalities have planted trees throughout Yarrilinks’ 19-year history.
On Friday night, volunteers arrive from Melbourne and stay with host families until Sunday morning.
On Saturday, the event begins with a full day of planting, followed by a group dinner and party in the evening.
Volunteer staff from world-renowned restaurant chain and social enterprise Lentil as Anything will prepare a Saturday night feast, showcasing Wimmera-grown lentils and chickpeas.
On Sunday, volunteers are taken on a tour of the area before they leave in the afternoon.
People keen to get involved or find out more can call Mrs Talbot on 0429 868 167, Whitney Kingston on 0459 403 388 or Landcare facilitator Tim Inkster on 0488 662 199.

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