#GWDownUnder Day 3: Harald's House & Barron River White Water Rafting

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Harald's House Photo Gallery | Barron River White Water Rafting Photo Gallery

G'day, mates! We wrapped 2013 and our final day in Cairns with two exciting activities - a community service project at Harald's House and a white water rafting excursion down the Barron River.

We began the day by Raising High in the Cairns community at Harald's House, which was founded by Dr. Harald Falge. It began in 1991 as Street Level Youth Care, a large truck that travels to the Esplanade every night and serves hot meals and provides emotional support to young people living on the streets of Cairns. While the hot meal truck still runs to this day over two decades later, Dr. Falge's vision grew even bigger and he opened Harald's House, a non-profit community that provides a safe and stable home to local homeless kids, in 2005.

Throughout the morning members of the team lived up to GW Athletics' dedication to service as they weeded the garden and the yards, painted bedroom closets, washed vehicles, separated donated clothing and put together gym equipment.

"After hearing about the Harald's House organization and everything he did to get it going, it was really great to be able to help out in a community that I did not realize had any misfortune. I thought it was amazing that Harald was able to see a situation and instead of walking away from it, he decided to do something about it. As a team, we were really happy to do our small part to help out such a wonderful establishment." - Lindsey DiAntonio, Senior

After a few hours of lunch and leisure time, the team then traveled 20 minutes north of Cairns through the mountains to the Barron River. We gathered our water-ready shoes, personal flotation devices and helmets and in groups of seven, along with a guide, we began our two-hour white water rafting journey from the top of the river.

"White water rafting was so much fun; I had never done it before and it was great being with my teammates on the raft and working together to get through the river. It was an amazing and fun way to end 2013 and I will never forget it." - Becca Taub, Sophomore

Tomorrow morning we are off to Adelaide for the second leg of our Australian tour. We know it's a little early for our friends and family in the United States, but Happy New Year from GW Lacrosse!

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