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Melbourne Pasifika Festival & Charity Walk

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Spectacular celebration of Pasifika culture for all to enjoy

On Saturday 5 December, Footscray Park will be transformed into a vibrant festival hub celebrating the rich and diverse culture of the Pacific Islands.

Held in an inviting family-friendly atmosphere, this lively community event will feature a range of arts & crafts stalls, exciting dance performances and delicious eats throughout the day.

The event will kick-off at 10 am with registrations and check-in for the charity walk, a highlight of the annual festival. Choose from two distances:

  • Short: 1km, suitable for children. Duration: 30 minutes

  • Long: 5km, circuit around Footscray Park. Duration: 1 hour

    By taking part in the charity walk, you will be raising funds for humanitarian projects in the Pacific Islands, which aim to empower local women by providing them with opportunities to gain formal education and employment, and skills necessary to support their families financially.

    If you would like to take part in the charity walk, purchase your ticket here. Children under 12 years old can participate in the walk and festival for FREE.

    Upon completion of your chosen walk, you can relax and unwind at the Pasifika Festival. The festivities will commence at Pasifika Festival at 12:30 pm. Throughout the afternoon, you can immerse yourself in Pasifika culture through bustling arts and crafts, traditional dance performances, live music and lots of fun!

    There will be fun interactive activities for children and come lunchtime, make sure to make a beeline for the traditional food stalls! You are sure to discover amazing exotic taste sensations.

    Entry to the festival is by gold coin donation and all are welcome to come along and enjoy this vibrant community event.

    Start planning your visit now. Here's what you need to know:

  • Walk registration: card payment is accepted. Book online now here.

  • An all-abilities playground for children right next to the festival area.

  • Toilets have disabled access and baby change facilities.

  • Dogs allowed on leash

  • Optional: bring your own picnic blanket or chair

  • PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol allowed on park premises
     

    For all the latest on the event, please see:

    www.melbournepasifikafestival.org

    www.facebook.com/melbournepasifikafestival

    www.instagram.com/melbournepasifikafestival

    The Melbourne Pasifika Festival is an annual celebration of Pasifika Cultures in Australia organised by WFWP Australia. It is delivered in partnership with the United Pasifika Council of Victoria (UPCOV) and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

    The funds raised at the event will support:

    PASIFIKA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
    This initiative provides young adults with the opportunity to access empowering educational programs at universities in their own country.

    From 2017-2019, WFWP Oceania sponsored Jenny to become a primary school teacher. She has now graduated and is working at the SunHak Primary School in the Solomon Islands.

    In 2020, WFWP Oceania is sponsoring: Janet (to become a kindergarten teacher) and Selina (to become a primary school teacher)

    PASIFIKA MICRO-CREDIT

    Micro-credit loans are made of a small amount of money that is borrowed by trusted applicants. This start-up amount of money is used by the applicants to create a business and generate further income. Applicants make repayments to their loan, so the amount can be reused for other applicants.

    The Pasifika Microcredit initiative is officially being launched in Papua New Guinea this January 2020. Applicants will attend an introductory workshop to learn valuable skills for their business.

    With a total amount of $3000 available, 6 selected applicants will receive a micro-loan of $500. Stay tuned for more updates!

    WOMEN'S SEWING CENTRES

    Located in the Pacific Islands, the centres provide women with an opportunity to gain skills and support their families economically. The sewing centre in the Solomon Islands is currently moving into a new location, which needs renovation.
    For more information on, please see www.wfwpaustralia.org/pacific-islands-projects

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    When: Saturday 5 December, 2020, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Where: Footscray Park Playground Melbourne, VIC 3011
    Cost: $1 - $215
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