Mittagundi mountain experience opened Olivia's eyes

Border Mail Article - May 23rd, 2015

WITH each swing of her axe, Olivia Worrell hacked further into the wood that would be used to fuel the fire for warmth on her first night isolated from society.

It was hard work for the 15-year-old from Wodonga who helped stack the pieces into an old wheelbarrow.

She remembers it began to snow that night; she stood there with her head tilted back and stared at the sky in amazement.

Olivia, now 18, had no phone, no power and no running water at the time, but she was happy being in a world away from the technology and Facebook which consume today’s youth.

“I wish so many times that I could go back,” she said.