On Sunday, March 15, the OLT team volunteered at the Children’s Festival 2015 at First
Fleet Park, Sydney.
This festival was a chance for Australians to celebrate multiculturalism, with the theme of “I am a proud Australian.” Children of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds showed up in traditional outfits and participated in the parade and musical performances.
The festival also included a range of activities for the children, and our volunteers assisted
with some of those. OLT members arrived at 8am to provide support with the set-up and
preparations for the festival, and from 10:30 some members were in charge of the coloring- in competition and also did face painting, which proved to be a highly popular activity and kept them occupied right until 2pm. Meanwhile, other members assisted with the parade, with general maintenance and clean up, on stand-by to support any activity. The OLT team had lunch and left at around 2:30, after investing a lot of energy into this project. It was a very rewarding experience and an opportunity to give to the Australian community.
Since it first began in 1999, the Children’s Festival has been running annually in Bankstown, but this is only its second year in Sydney city. Mark Burfield, one of our contacts, is a co-chair of the Children’s Festival Organisation, and OLT have been volunteering for many years now and we hope to continue to do so in the future.
The Oceania Leadership Team members organized a four-day workshop from the 5th to the 8th of June, 2015, for high school-aged youth in New Zealand that focused on giving them a better understanding of who they are and what they want to achieve in life.
The workshop included a variety of interactive activities, talks and discussions, and all of these things as well as the meals were prepared by the OLT members themselves, with the guidance of the staff. This gave the members the opportunity to take ownership and feel responsible for all areas of the workshop. It was a great learning experience for them and they also created strong bonds with the young people over the four-day period.