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Some of the teenage volunteers from Soul Survivor, who spent their school holidays by helping out in practical ways within our community. Image: Contributed

Teenagers use holidays to volunteer

Lynne Mowbray | Around 300 teenagers from around NSW utilised the school holidays to volunteer in the Clarence Valley. The teenagers from an independent Christian organisation ‘Soul Survivor’ travelled from Sydney, Central Coast and even Dubbo to help out local communities in practical ways, including gardening, painting, working bees etc. The organisation has been in operation for 17 years and each April they run a youth conference. This year was the first time the group had ventured north to help out. The group was based in Coffs Harbour from 23-28th April and travelled out each day to Iluka, Yamba and Maclean, to volunteer their services. The teenagers believe that by serving the local community in practical ways is one way of showing their Christian faith in action. For more info: