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Chinese New Year Picnic 2014

By Gordon Wong

Sunday 2 February 2014

The OSCA Chinese New Year Picnic made a welcome return this year in glorious sunshine, after a 2 year absence. Approximately 80 people attended the event at the Guthrie Pavilion, half of which were Primary and Intermediate school children.

Previously this event had been an annual fixture at the Brighton Domain. But after poor attendances in 2010 and 2011 the event was combined with the Youth Barbecue held late February/early March in 2012 and 2013. To resurrect the Chinese New Year picnic we decided to bring the picnic to “town”. It was an easy decision to opt for the Guthrie Pavilion after the success of the Children’s Christmas picnic held in November.

Proceedings began with Colin Wong and Matthew Wong cooking sausages, meat patties and onions on the barbecue. With the large numbers of hungry attendees and tastiness of the food, the chefs could barely keep up with demand until after about an hour of cooking, there was finally some food left on the table.

After spending time playing games in a number of disparate groups, it was time for some “traditional” games. We started with everyone’s favourite, the tug of war. The kids were lined up tallest to shortest and split into two even teams. The team pulling down hill (there is an almost unnoticeable slope) won the initial bout. The teams swapped ends and the other team won, once again pulling downhill. Another swap of ends and after a monumental tussle, the team pulling uphill won!

This was followed by a series of three legged races, after which kids suggested what they wanted to do next. All suggestions resulted in a race or two:
  • Piggy back race
  • Wheelbarrow race
  • Eggs would’ve been a nightmare to clean up, so Catharine suggested a lolly on spoon race.
  • The kids were split into 2 or three sets of age groups and sprint races were held within those groups.
Apart from the kids, parents and many grandparents sat outside watching the games and cheering the kids on in the sunshine.
Thanks to all who helped especially Matthew and Colin for cooking, Phil for bringing the sausages and patties, Gillian for finishing the onion cutting and Catharine for organising the venue once again. And of course thanks to all who attended. I believe a good time was had by all and see you next year. Gong Hee Fat Choi.

Photos by Gillian Wong, Amy Fong and Gordon Wong