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September 2012 news

FSDBC – Dotting of New Dragon Boat Ceremony

16th of September 2012 – Fremantle Swan Yacht Club, East Fremantle

The Chinese Community Centre (CCC) Lion Dance Troupe was again invited to perform at the Fremantle Swan Dragon Boat Club, for the dotting of the new Dragon Boats.

Before the ceremony began, the Dragon Boat Club members had a few races with the dragon boats. After the races finished the ceremony for the eye dotting of the dragon boats began.

A speech was made in which it explained the whole history of how the dragon boat came about. After the speech, the new dragon boats were dotted, which then rice dumplings were thrown into the river as a sign of offerings to Qu Yuan. The lion dance then began to finish off the ceremony.

With the great weather, the day was celebrated with a BBQ, with members and guests enjoying drinks by the river.

The CCC Lion Dance Troupe will like to thank all at the FSDBC for yet again inviting us to the ceremony this year, and we hope we will get the chance to participate in some Dragon Boating with you all.

 

AWSOM Charity Fund Raising Ball

1st of September 2012 – Parmelia Hilton Hotel

The Chinese Community Centre (CCC) Lion Dance Troupe performed at the AWSOM Charity Fund Raising Ball on the 1st of September at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel.

The Australian Water Safety On the Mekong (AWSOM) are a group of people who are trying to save lives on children in South East Asia. The group is made up of 10 swimming teachers from Beatty Park Swim School, who travelled to Vietnam in January this year as volunteers to run water safety and swimming clinics for children living in villages along the Mekong River. The AWSOM project focuses on the sustainability of the groups work in an effort to decrease the drowning rate of these children through education and awareness. The Charity ball was to assist the group in continuing their work.

The guests were not aware of the Lion Dance, as the Lion Dance was a surprise. Once all the guests were seated, loud musical instruments played as the lions came through the main doors of the Ballroom. The Lions started their performance on the dance floor, showcasing acrobatic displays to the audience. The Lions then made their way to the seated guests and interacted with the guests. The lions then made their way back to the dance floor where the finished the performance with a final pose with the instrumental band.

The group received tremendous positive feedback from the organisers and the guests.

The CCC Lion Dance Troupe would like to thank all the organisers at AWSOM for allowing us to be part of an event with such a great cause. Hospitality on the night was greatly appreciated.