Optus Pacesetters 2019 - Bali

Solterbeck Events / Optus


In 2019 the Optus Pacesetter delegates travelled to Bali as part of a local community initiative to redevelop and transform a local special needs school in Jimbaran called SLB following sever earthquake damage. The Optus Pacesetters teamed up with staff from a local compnay called Taman Bhagawan and some celebrity influencers to deliver on the much needed renovation of the school infrastructure completing tasks such as concreting, painting, plastering, purpose built cabinetry, garden and outdoor area redevelopment etc. The main purpose of the program was to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of the special needs students. The school caters to 320 students and works to educate the students not only with education but also with day to day life skills required to live a daily life without restrictions and minimize the social impact and prejudiced against special needs children in Indonesia. These skills include wood work, ceramic work, painting, traditional batik, fashion and computer literacy. Given the economic position of the community SLB (the special needs school) was unable to self-fund the entire redevelopment of the school and as such Optus pacesetters volunteered time, resources and financial assistance to create an environment the local community and the students could be proud of. The objective was to create a place where special needs children could thrive and develop in a safe and comfortable environment - a place that promoted positivity. Optus Pacesetters was able to work to deliver on the objective through collaboration, teamwork and a genuine desire to make a difference in the world – and they did!

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