Every year Sydney’s school (or more specifically the school’s parents association) puts on a Christmas Bazaar. This year there was lots of stuff for the kids and parents. Games, bouncey castles, slides, train rides, Santa’s workshop (where the kids could make stuff for Mom & Dad), tons of food, and then a whole courtyard of local vendors selling their stuff – apparently my application for a table to sell some of Lockridge Estate’s finest and some Country Ham and Biscuits was rejected.
Anita was asked by the PA to help pull together one of kid’s favorite games – Tombola. You basically buy draws for numbers out of a hat. If your number ends in a “0” or a “5” then you win the prize with that number on it. Lots of the prizes are cheesy carnival junk but some are pretty cool. We donated a slot car set with over 12ft of track. The PA bought a whole bunch of techno-yo-yos which are apparently all the rage this year at school, and a local toy store donated three tables of their stock – mostly stuff that they haven’t sold over the last few years but stuff that kids would still probably dig. I think I even saw an Islamist Barbie – fulla or something like that – always makes me giggle to see Barbies in burkas.
It was a really busy day for most folks as the PA organizer for the event scheduled it on the same day as the FOG Bunco Night, the Ahmadi Singer’s annual performance night, and the ABC’s Christmas dinner. Anita and Jennifer were holding Bunco night together and that was at the British embassy so they couldn’t spend all day at TES. Despite the horrible scheduling the bazaar seemed to come off fairly well. Congrats to everyone who helped make it a success!