Ellenbrook Day 4 Blog – Painting, paddies and packing

Today was a jammed-packed day. During the morning session, our team was split into two groups. One half went to the local Church and the other went to the IRC community. The IRC group walked to the community to do farm activities. We worked with them to plough in the rice fields with the carabao and prune the eggplants, which the community had planted themselves. After a hard morning of work, we headed back to the house in a jeep, which surprisingly could fit around twelve people.

The church group were put in charge of roughly 300 kids. Some of us joined high school classrooms to experience their weekly Saturday sermon, where they sang songs and memorised Bible verses. We also described to them a bit about Australia and about our own lifestyle. The other, younger kids were entertained with various activities such as balloon animals, book readings, duck-duck-goose and colouring-in.

For the afternoon session, we headed back to the IRC to paint the community comfort room. We were a bit confused with the colour choices being black, yellow and green because they are not common colour combinations. However, Pastor Steve explained the meaning behind each colour. The black represents darkness, green represents life and yellow represents light, which all symbolise what IRC stands for. Throughout the year, the money raised by ECC in fundraisers and events all contributed to the purchase of paint and supplies for this task. We were thrilled to discover that the hard work throughout the year helped in making a significant difference in the community.

Following, we travelled once again by cramming into the jeeps to the local river to hand wash our clothes. We were able to experience a touch of the daily life by sitting in the river and gaining a sense of independence by washing our own clothes. We were challenged to break the record of the time needed to collect a truck full of rocks for an IRC building foundation. The record was broken from 30 minutes down to 10 minutes by our teamwork.

For our final session of the day, we returned to the local church to distribute food for the families in the community. Our team quickly adapted by forming designated stations to distribute canned food, rice and noodles. In the end, with the help of local members of the church, we were able to make 609 bags in just 30 minutes. Overall, it was an exhausting yet exciting day, which opened our eyes to how the Filipinos make their livelihood.

Rhiannon and Tiah

17 thoughts on “Ellenbrook Day 4 Blog – Painting, paddies and packing

  1. Hey everyone! I hope you’re having an awesome time. I am reading the blog everyday and I cannot believe that I was there this time last year. Jony and Alissa, I cant believe you gave up our snapchat streaks for this trip. How could You?!!! Alissa and Jony I love you and miss you dearly! Come back soon. Please give a huge hug to all the kids from IRC! Josh, make sure you are controlling those rowdy kids from ECC and putting them into line (especially Nathan). JT and Haysey, I miss you so much and I hope you are enjoying yourselves. Make most of this trip, I cant wait to here all about it!
    “Expect the Unexpected.”

  2. Looks as if you are all having a fantastic time and making wonderful memories , Today is a very special day for Ellie Mae , Happy 18th Birthday Ellie ,may all your dreams come ture , the future is yours to grab hold of, Dads missing his birthday buddy , no one to open his cards with and share a cake with , 🎂 have a fantastic day ,love mum, dad Jack ,Archie & Ralph ,love & miss you lots Dolly Dipples 🤗

  3. Hi Ell, dad here, mum should have put Dolly Dimples, bless her, Happy Birthday, it’s the first time in 18 years that I am the centre of attention at home, love Dad

  4. Thank you Lewis, your the best!! The kids from irc want to see you next year. Can’t wait to post the blog tonight!! Ellie’s birthday celebrations have already begun!! We have some Filipino birthday traditions planned for tonight. Thank you all for the continued support! Ellie says: happy birthday missing you lots!

  5. Hey All, looks like you are having an awesome time. So pleased I got to see you driving that Ox Rhi! 😂
    Keep up the great work!

  6. I’m so proud of all of your efforts during the year to fundraise and now, tangibly making a difference. Thank you all for setting the bar high for our future leaders! Go ECC kids and teachers! Now may the God who gives endurance and who supplies encouragement grant that you be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify and praise and honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    ROMANS 15:5‭-‬6 AMP
    https://bible.com/bible/1588/rom.15.5-6.AMP

  7. Wow! You are all creating such magical memories. Keep up the wonderful work, continue smiling and we look forward to hearing from you tomorrow. Xxx

  8. Great write up girls!
    You are ALL generous hearted and inspiring young people and I am sure that the world is a better place because of that. You are doing a truly fabulous job. Enjoy today’s birthday celebrations!
    P.S. Mr Taylor and Mrs Kelava – are you by any chance available to paint our house?!

  9. You are all working so hard and having such a great time!! Love seeing all the photos with everyone smiling and happy. Milli you will really appreciate the washing machine once you are home again. We look forward to the next episode of your adventures. Love Nana and Grandad.

  10. Great updates everyone. Really feels like we know what you are experiencing. Alissa – F1 grid positions for Abu Dhabi are!!!!
    1) Bottas
    2) Hamilton
    3) Vettel
    4) Ricciardo
    5) Raikonnen
    6) Verstappen

    Keep up the great work. You are blessing the local community with you’re generous hearts – and will be blessed in return.

  11. Happy birthday Ellie. I hope you had a great 18th. Ill take you out for a nice dinner once you’re back to celebrate your special day.
    Love your boyfriend xxx

  12. Good morning Beautiful People

    So inspiring to read about all you are doing and the difference you are making. Also great to see your teachers getting amongst it. The picture of the water buffalo pulling Rhiannon and the plough is classic. Keep up the great teamwork. We are praying for all of you.

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