Pittwater International Festival
I would like to express my sincere thanks to so many people, all of which I hope I am able to mention, for a truly wonderful day at our 2010 Pittwater International Festival.
I hoped we created an opportunity for all our Parishioners to engage in and participate as a Parish Community in a practical and meaningful way, and together we raised approximately $15,000.
To start we were blessed with a wonderful sunny day.
Thank you to each of you, the Parishioners, who donated thousands of books, pre-loved items, cakes, lollies, wine , gift vouchers , prizes, and volunteered so much of your time.
We had groups sewing, painting, gluing, wrapping, packing lolly bags, sorting through rooms full of pre-loved books and items, baking, transporting items from the Parish Centre and Office to the School, attending numerous meetings (that often went till very late), and remaining positive throughout many months of planning.
To all the local businesses that supported our Parish Community –
Hyland Beauty, Matthew Hyland & Fox Sports, Jennifer & Thomas Hoolohan, Pittwater Cellars, Retravision Mona Vale, Produce to Perfection, Mezza Grill, Pandora , Waterfront Store, A Bientot & Bakers Delight.
Your participation in this event is much appreciated.
To Julie Caldwell – The Principal of Sacred Heart Primary School Mona Vale for providing such a wonderful venue for the Parish, for all your time, and for all the promotion of our festival in your school newsletters
To Kathy Gee – the Principal of Maria Regina Primary School Avalon – for all your, and your staff’s support within your school community. For all the promotion of our festival in your school newsletter – thank you.
To Mater Maria College for providing entertainment and supervision.
To our schools for your wonderful students who entertained us with their bands. Thank you for your participation in this, it was so lovely to see so many children on stage and their families joining in.
For all the stall holders : Miranda Papandrea, Anna Smyth, Pam Alexopolous, , Julie Ann Tindall, Di Oedendall, Sally Egan, Dee Donlan, Felicity Dennis, Lisa Williamson, Michael Gallagher, Tamara Harding, Tony Macri, Julie Tyler, Laura Ee, Maureen Suggitt, Stefan Wasinski, Mark Horton, Kay Kenny, – and to their numerous helpers who so willingly spent many hours on their feet manning these stalls .
Thank you to Simon Hyland and the soul team – Lauren, Luke, Michael and Kieron for your stage presence and performance. The soul team, who supported in many areas - Danni and Lauren, Jordan, Rianne , Hannah, Clare, Joe, Holly, Adam, Matt, Sean and to Chloe and Luke for their wonderful entertainment.
Thank you to the Senior Servers for their many hours spent on the bbq – hundreds of sausages were cooked.
Thank you to the Italian Food stall – Pam Malone students of Mater Maria and her wonderful team of helpers. To Adora Barbacetto , Putri Rosati and Adele Ramos on the Asian Food stall . Hundreds of servings of food were prepared during the day .
For all my staff here in the Parish - thank you for all you’ve contributed – particularly many extra hours of your time in the preparation leading up to Saturday. I would like to also thank their spouses and families for all the generous time they gave for setting up for the day, and packing away.
For the numerous other volunteers who worked tirelessly for months.
To Tony Macri - who introduced the concept of an International Festival within the Parish many months ago and to the amazing organizing committee:
Tony Macri, Nicole Ovens, Miranda Papandrea, Suzy Caruso, Adora Barbacetto, Fr Sebastian.