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Western and Central (Australia) -- Preparing for World Youth Day

Warrane College, in Sydney, organized a work camp in Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory, to prepare for World Youth Day. It was carried out over Easter time, which coincided with the vacation period.

The Warrane College group worked on a public bathhouse, cleaning the baths and walls and painting the building. The group also shared in the life of Santa Teresa in various ways. They visited the school and familiarized themselves with the educational problems there. They also made contact with the members of the community and learned about the difficulties experienced by the aborigine villages in Australia.

The Nairana Study Centre group traveled to the remote town of Broom situated on the west coast of Australia. Broom has a population of 14,000 and is the capital of the Kimberly region of northwest Australia.

The task entrusted to this group of 16 boys was to repair and paint a building that the diocese dedicates to social activities for the poor.
The volunteers also helped out in preparatory sessions for World Youth Day organized by the diocese of Broom. They encouraged the young people to come to Sydney and join up with those who would be coming from all over the world to be with the Holy Father.

Romana, No. 46, January-June 2008, p. 142-143.