What is StormCo?

StormCo is one of the greatest opportunities for young people to get out and be a part of a positive change in the community. We head away to Dorrigo on the Mid-North Coast for a week in the middle of July to help the town in whatever way they need it. 

In the last couple of years, we've run kids clubs in Dorrigo and the nearby towns of Bellingen and Dundurrabin, we've offered free yard and house work to the community and fixed up a whole heap of gardens in the process. We were a part of completely fixing up Hickory House's Community Centre front garden, and we've run a free car wash too. 

Why would we do this? What motivates a group of 40 young people to go and give their time, energy, money and school holidays to a group of people far away. We believe that it's important to pause our lives for a moment, and focus on somebody else. Even if it's just for a week, we believe that truly investing effort into somebody else is part of how we spread the love and goodness of Jesus Christ in our world today.

So StormCo. It's a challenge. It's hard. It's messy. It's not living luxuriously. But it's worth it. You get to see the impact of service on peoples faces. Real people get a boost to their everyday lives because of what you can do for them. You have the power to bring love into somebody else's life, so the choice now is yours, do you want to? 


Dorrigo StormCo 2019 Details

Date:                14-21 July

Destination:     Dorrigo, NSW

Cost:                 $120

We'll be leaving from Wallsend SDA Church on Sunday 14th July, and getting back the following week. The cost for each member will be $120, and must be paid before we leave. 

Every team member will be involved throughout the week in service during the mornings and afternoons, plus will be helping with meals and cleaning at some point while we're away. 

Safety, medical and code of conduct forms must be completed and returned before we leave so that the trip can run smoothly and to it's fullest potential. 

There will be a Parent & Information Night on June 12 at Wallsend SDA Church at 7pm. We'll be going through details of the trip and asnwering questions that you may have. Please make sure that if you are on the team already that you are there. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay the trip fee?
The money can be paid either by cash, cheque or electronically. 

What are the sleeping conditions like?
The boys and girls sleep in separate rooms, however we do all sleep on the floor. You'll need to bring some sort of camping mattress, a sleeping bag, a pillow, and whatever else you feel you'll need to get a good night's rest. It can get very cold in Dorrigo in Winter, so we strongly suggest packing something warm. 

What food do we eat?
Breakfasts are pretty straightforward, cereal and oats. Plus we do pancakes every so often too. 
Lunches are usually some sort of salad rolls, sandwiches or wraps. 
Dinners are a made and prepared by the team on a roster based system. Each night a different group will prepare and cook dinner for the team. It can be whatever they want, however it has to go through the leaders first to make sure it's somewhat nutritious and the exact same meal won't be cooked every night. We often have pasta, nachos, curries and other large, decent meals. The teams are also required to make dessert, because we have to have dessert. It's in the rules. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available, and we work with different team members to make sure any dietary requirements are sorted.

What work do we actually do?
So kids club is made up of crafts, sports, games, clowns, songs, stories and just other fun things having fun with the kids. 
Car washing is well, washing cars. Fairly straightforward there. 
Pick-a-Street is where we send a team out with a responsible leader over 18, and they walk down a street, knock on houses and offer free help with whatever the person needs. We meet a lot of people and get to see their surprise when a small group of young people want to help them for free. 
We also have pre-arranged, larger scale projects with different community groups that change year-to-year. This can be a combination of yard work, gardening and social interactions with community members. 

How do we get to Dorrigo?
We take a mini bus and a couple of cars driven by responsible leaders. 

What is the weather like?
Cold. Dorrigo is on top of a mountain on the mid-north coast, and we go in the middle of Winter. The average high for July is 15°C, and the low is 4°C. It can vary above and below those averages, but it's rare that we'll say it's a hot day. 

What do I need to bring?
Basically clothes and bedding to live for a week. We provide food, accomodation and transport. You can bring other personal items (phones, cameras, iPads, etc) but we're not responsible if something happens to them. 

What forms were you talking about before?
To make sure our trip is safe and held to the highest standards, we send out a couple of forms that we need each team member, and their guardian if they're under 18, to agree to and sign. It's super simple. They include a Code of Conduct, a Personal Devices agreement, a Media Release, a Travel Permission agreement and a Medical Information sheet. These must be completed prior to the trip. 

If you have any more questions, then please get in contact with us!