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Here's a fun outdoors activity that ticks all the right boxes.
It's an ethnic festival and in Melbourne, we appreciate other cultures and the traditions we can share in, especially in terms of different foods and experiences. This one is a Pacific Islands Festival where you can enjoy culture through traditional food stalls, arts and crafts, Island dancers, entertainment and lots of fun.
There will be face painting, jewellery making, games, island dance classes, Island costumes, a Haka Dance and much more.
The children's walk is 1km and the duration is 45 minutes. The beginners is a 5km circuit around the lake and takes 1hr 10min. For advanced walkers your distance is 10km. This is a circuit around Lysterfield lake and then extends deeper into the park. Duration: 2hr.
Best still, 100% of the money raised goes to humanitarian projects in the Pacific Islands, which educate and empower women. The event is organised by the by Women's Federation for World Peace Victoria which is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations.
Instead of nebulous wondering where your money is going type charities, this organisation has measurable and concrete goals. The organisation's goal for 2019 is to sponsor three young women to go to the Solomon Islands National University – Janet (to become a kindergarten teacher), Selina (to become a primary school teacher), and Rose (to become a nurse).
The money also backs the Women's Sewing Centre (Solomon Islands) that was established in 2017 and is spearheaded by two young women entrepreneurs, Catharine and Nelly, who have trained in sewing and are now professional tailors. The goal for 2019 is to renovate and expand this centre.
To register for events on the day jump online and you could also an exclusive door-prize hamper!
Please note: children under 12 years old can enter the Walk and Festival for free.
The Day's Program
9.30am: Check in and registration
10am: Walk star
11am: Entertainment start, dance class and children's activities.
12-1.30pm: Festival: food and craft stalls, lunch, entertainment.
1.30-2pm: Welcome special guests and presentation about projects. Raffle draw.
2-3pm: Resume entertainment and festival conclusion.
Please note this is an alcohol-free event.
Facilities: two toilet blocks with disabled access, baby change facilities, picnic tables, BBQs. Dogs are not allowed in the park. First Aid will be available in case of emergency.