Annual Food Fair Feedback

Thank you, St Pius X parishioners, friends and family for your contribution to the INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR Fundraiser and our heartfelt gratitude to the principal and staff of St Anne’s Primary School, for availing their grounds to us for the event.
Your contribution has made it possible to meet the objectives set for various needs of the parish.
This year Father Mark decided to GO BIG! We were excited to take on the challenge, and were pleased to have our usual dedicated team of volunteers participate, as well as a number of newcomers responding to the invitation to join our fundraising cause. The response was tremendous! It was such a privilege and a joy to work alongside my fellow parishioners, some of whom I’ve got to know so much better as the result of collaborating on this event, which I am incredibly grateful for.
When the call went out for donations to the parish, The St Pius X family responded with a resounding “Yes, we will help!” and they did so with exuberance. The Food Fair would not have succeeded in this way had the response not been this impressive.
In addition, the generosity of the local businesses and organisations outside of the parish blew me away and begs recognition (which is displayed on the next page), as well as donations from our own business owners in the parish. Contact details are also given to promote their business.
Build-up to the Big Day: It took 6 months of planning by the Committee, hours of meetings, sourcing donations for prizes and stock, obtaining compliance certification for the event, marketing, printing of coupons, posters and flyers, sourcing entertainment, health and safety volunteers, sourcing equipment, up until the big day arrived. Final preparations started the day before with setting up. My prayer for the event was “Lord Thank you for carrying us these past 6 months and one more request Lord, please do not let it be windy or raining. Amen.” When I woke early that morning, it was windy and overcast. I prayed again and then remembered what a great God we serve and decided to be still and believe that my prayer would be answered. What beautiful weather we had the rest of the day! (I think that the whole parish was praying the same prayer.)
EVENTDAY – The stall holders arrived early to do the final set up; most having been up from 4am and probably had gone to bed just a few hours before to prepare the meals for the day. They were kitted in the traditional dress of the countries they represented. Their stalls were also beautifully dressed up in paraphernalia of the country. The non-Food Stalls were well-prepared, and presented their wares accumulated over the past 6 months. The Win and Spin stand stood adorned with beautifully wrapped prizes for its lucky recipients and set alongside it was the Tombola stand, another absolute winner. The buzz and excitement that morning was exhilarating.
The children’s area was set by the Faith Formation volunteers, and the children were delighted when they arrived to see the jumping castle, Ghost tent, treasure map for the treasure hunt with 2 huge hamper prizes to be won, face painting, throw n’ sponge, magic show, Jo-jo the clown and The Fire Departments display. At the marching band marched to the stage, which was neatly set up in the school quad, and started the show with its beautiful, euphonious brass ensemble, followed by the call to the children to watch the fire department display on the field. The delight on the faces of the children was priceless, thanks to the Fire department team who expertly entertained the children whilst educating them too.
For the grown-ups, the bar was set up on the other side of the fence and they were entertained by the talented Mr Brian Loch. The general entertainment ran smoothly all day, and we had the privilege of being host to St Joseph’s Jazz Band, who captivated the audience with their musical skill, led by their accomplished teacher. This was followed by the St Joseph’s Marimba band with their irrepressible energy, and excellent talent, which was the perfect lead-up to the impressive dance ensembles from the Jody Jackson dance school, Ronel Stoltz Dance School, and the Dance Project Dance School. Paul Murray’s musicians and singers kept the groove going for the rest of the day, and ensured that the social and buzzing atmosphere of the event was maintained at all times. A huge talent on the day too was our very own master of ceremonies, who worked the area with grace, despite almost suffering from dehydration in the heat! Our programme organiser who helped the entertainment run so smoothly volunteered her time and skill eagerly, and never missed a beat the entire day. Our young technical assistant /DJ is to be applauded for his cool and calm demeanour and the performances went off without a hitch.
The event without a doubt delivered its promise of FOOD AND FUN FOR EVERYONE, and a successful fundraising result .
Agnes Thorne
Fundraising Coordinator