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 VOME Team Helps Redevelop Camp for Young Australians at Risk

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MT DISAPPOINTMENT, Australia — The Vehicle Operations Manufacturing (VOME) team in Australia led by Anthony Salvo has gone further to help young people considered at risk.

The VOME team participated in the Camp Bambara redevelopment project as part of Ford’s Community Service Day.

In 2003, Ford of Australia joined with the Salvation Army Westcare in redeveloping an old school camp at Mt Disappointment near Wandong in the Australian state of Victoria.  Camp Bambara was designed to be one component of a continuum of care offered by the Salvation Army Westcare to young people who are considered at risk.  On any one night, Salvation Army Westcare houses 140 of these young people.
Camp Bambara was destroyed during the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 and work on rebuilding the camp was delayed so all efforts could be focused on helping the local community during these hard times.  Those bushfires killed 173 people, destroyed more than 2,000 properties, and burnt across more than 4,500 square kilometres of land.
As a result of the bushfires there was a lot of work required to make the area safe for the coming summer months, with a team of 50 people from VOME joining in the efforts.
”The Salvation Army provides a tremendous service at Camp Bambara, and it’s immensely rewarding for our team to contribute to the camp’s redevelopment,” said VOME team member Andrew Sahely.
The VOME team helped:
- Clear debris around the camp site to a central location for burning during the winter months.
- Mow and slashing the high grass that surrounds the area from the driveway all the way up to the main site.
- Chop fallen trees that were strewn around the campsite and blocking the flow of the local creek.
- Create better access to the site for all contractors by laying crushed rock on the existing but badly damaged driveway.
“The work The Salvation Army Westcare does to support young people and their families is tremendous. It was a great opportunity to get out of the office and assist in making the camp safer for summer,” said Andrew Sundblom.
The hardworking team also enjoyed a BBQ lunch prepared by Joe Stella, Hildegard Correya and Henry Chau.
“It was wonderful to see everyone help out for a worthwhile cause. The team pitched in and gave their all to make the site a safe and pleasant place for all that followed. Anthony Salvo took the opportunity to lead the team and ensured we had a great time as well,” said team member David Petrovic.
 
The VOME team helped clear debris around the camp site to a central location for burning during the winter months.
Participants helped create better access to the site by laying crushed rock on the existing but badly damaged driveway.
   
The hardworking team also enjoyed a BBQ lunch.
The proud VOME team at Camp Bambara.
   
 
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12/11/2012 11:25 PM