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  • 18 Sep 2011 1:08 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    It was great to catch up with the 2011 JAs today. We shared a late lunch and played in the back yard then looked at some of the JAs photos/videos on the huge TV. All of the JAs are writing to their families and have completed their diaries and photo albums. It was great to share the memories of a fantastic experience with each other.

  • 01 Apr 2011 1:12 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Today the 2011 Australian PA Emily Ballantine Brodie and BCA President Erin Maitland went to the Japanese Consulate, in Melbourne, Australia, to sign the book of Condolence. This book is being written in to express the feelings and pass on the messages of support to all the people affected by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.





  • 27 Mar 2011 10:10 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    It was great to see so many past JA's and even a few future JA's at a BBQ lunch at past 2010 JA, Tanishas house on Sunday the 18th of March.
    The weather was fantastic and all the kids enjoyed a swim in the pool and playing in the families huge backyard.
    Thankyou to all the Mums and Dads who brought lunch - what a yummy feast we all shared.
    A fun day was had by all and talk has started to plan the next reunion already!

  • 24 Feb 2011 12:17 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    “Bridge Club’s environmental actions towards safe and clean Earth

    Setting up BC environmental action stations”

    One Home, One Tree, is a project aimed to inspire, engage and enable young people to take individual action toward living sustainably. By planting a tree, somewhere in their urban environment, every young person engaged in the project can connect to their environment and in turn connect with the issues related to sustainability in cities.


    Bridge Club partnered with Urban Reforestation, a local Melbourne not for profit organisation, to deliver the project. Urban Reforestation is a local and global sustainable design project. Their aim is to inspire and enable sustainable everyday lifestyles and they do this by:

    • Providing a public garden and sustainable living centre to the people of the Docklands
    • Offering engaging sustainable lifestyles action-education programs, workshops and events
    • Providing dynamic sustainability services.

    Urban Reforestation is based in Victoria Harbour , Docklands , Victoria , Australia .

    On the 20th February 2011, BCA members meet and launched the One Home One Tree Project at a tree planting event at the Urban Reforestation Garden at the Docklands.


    The Day was a great success and every child that attended helped plant a tree and also took home planted seeds to grow at home.

    After we planted the tree we had a BBQ, we even cooked some veggies we picked from the garden and picked herbs to garnish our sausages.

    The project was advertised on Urban Goes Green – a Dockland TV program and also in the Docklands Newspaper.







  • 25 Oct 2010 2:09 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Hi Everyone,

    Mariah, a 2009 JA has set up and appeal for the victims of Haiti. She has already raised and donated funds and now has designed Tshirts and is selling wristbands to raise further much needed money!


    Her email to me is below, so please have a read and scrape together any extra cash you can and send it to her (details below).

    Thankyou! And Good Work Mariah!

    We are the Bridge!

    Erin Maitland
    President BCA



    Hey Erin,


    After much toing and froing, the Haiti fundraising t-shirts are finally ready to be ordered. Attached are the three designs. They are available in XS, S, M, L and XL. We are also selling rubber wristbands for the appeal. The t-shirts are $15 each, and the wristbands are $3 each.

    If you just want to make a donation, could you please just write a cheque addressed to World Vision Australia Haiti Earthquake Appeal  or just World Vision Australia and send it to me at '755 Barrabool Rd Ceres 3221'.


    I know it has been a long time (9 months) since the earthquake, but things have hardly improved over there.

    Much of the aid promised was never given, and most of the volunteers have left. 98% of the rubble remains uncleared, and in this rubble lie thousands of bodies. 1.6 million people are homeless and only ten thousand of these have a tent. There are increased levels of robbery and violence and children are being stolen and sold into the international sex trade.


    The money raised will help towards long-term solutions such as clearing the rubble, building houses and funding health centres and schools.


    I was just wondering whether you would be able to pass this on to anyone whom you think would be interested in buying something. They really need to be in by the end of the week or middle of next week.


    Thanks for all your tremendous help with everything,



  • 12 Oct 2010 1:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Following our yearly tradition, members and friends of the Australia-Japan Society and Bridge Club Australia gathered in the beautiful Rhododendron Garden in Olinda on Sunday the 19th of September to enjoy traditional Japanese-style cherry blossom viewing (Hanami).

    Unfortunately this year the Australian native Birds had eaten all of the blossoms off the trees, but as it is now spring in Australia, the Daffodils were all out in full bloom. There were also some beautiful Australian wild flowers in bloom too, so we all enjoyed looking at them instead.

    Bridge Club Australia organised Japanese games for the children, including the Japanese summer game of suika-wari (a bit like a watermelon piñata).  This involved blind-folded competitors being guided by their team-mates to crack open a watermelon. 

    Families and friends also watched an Ikebana flower arranging display and viewed a traditional Tea Ceremony, followed by a picnic lunch in the gardens.

    A great time was had by all and we hope the birds stay away from the blossom next year!

  • 02 Sep 2010 11:14 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    The six eleven-year old JA’s who represented Australia at last year’s Asia-Pacific Children’s’ Convention, caught up for a one month on reunion, on the 29th of August 2010 at the Rostrevor Guide Hall in Victoria.

    We had a great time sharing lunch together and talking about the fun times we had in Fukuoka. The highlight of the day was watching a video presentation that was prepared by Bridge Club Australia members.

  • 01 Sep 2010 12:37 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    The 22nd APCC was held in Fukuoka in July 2010.  The 2 Chaperones accompanied the six selected children: Ben, Issey, Josh, Tanisha, Gracie and Carrie.

    This year the program ran a little differently, and after a night at the Marine House the JA’s went straight to their Host Families house. Half way through the program, all participants went to Nokonoshima Island for the Exchange Camp. Here the children had the opportunity to mix with nearly 350 children from all around the Asia Pacific region.  This year, the children were involved in a number of activities including an umbrella art project, sumo dancing, fireworks finale, a balloon release and a performance event in Fukuoka Government Square.

    Chrissie participated as a Peace Ambassadors and attended the Peace Ambassador Camp, in which Erin, a past Australian PA, helped run workshops and discussions relating to the future of Bridge Club and possible activities/opportunities that members can be involved in. 

    A fun time was had by all involved and we all plan to stay in contact with our new found friends from around the world.
  • 24 Aug 2010 7:37 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Hello Everyone,

    It would be great to see you all at the annual Australia Japan Society of Victoria Hanami Picnic to be held on Sunday, September 19 at 11am at the National Rhodadendron Gardens, The Georgian Road, Olinda (Melway Ref. 66 K4)

    There is already a group of people who have RSVP'ed so come and join us!!

    Hanami is the custom of viewing the beauty of flowers, but it mostly refers to the Sakura or Cherry blossom Japan’s official national flower.
    Every Spring in modern Japan, crowds of people sit under the blooming cherry blossoms, usually on plastic tarps, and have a picnic celebration.
    Come and enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossoms in the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, along with the myriad of other plants.
    Enjoy a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony a gold coin donation, as well as some stunning  Ikebana demonstrations. Bridge Club Australia will also be running some Japanese games for you all to enjoy!

    Bring your picnic basket and rug/seat, and we can join together and celebrate spring under the cherry-blossom trees. For some extra entertainment, bring along a kite and take advantage of the perfect kite-flying conditions in the cherry tree grove.

    Cost: free entry this year

    It's always a great day and a lot of fun - would be great to have you there!

    Kindest regards,
    Bridge Club Australia
  • 11 Jul 2010 9:12 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    Hi Everyone,
    I just wanted to share with you all an email I received from Mariah, a 13 year old past Australian Junior Ambassador, that I took to Japan.
    Mariah, by herself, has set up an appeal to raise money for the victims of Haiti. She has organised cake stalls at school, a BBQ at Bunnings, a T-shirt fund-raiser and so far has raised over $1000. I'm so proud of her!
    This is why I put so many hours into this program!
    To everyone that has  supported me in everything I do, THANK YOU!!


    Hi Erin!
    Sorry for the delay, but there has been a lot of coordinating going on between our last email and now. School says they will be able to back the BBQ, so you guys no longer have to worry about that. :)
    We have already raised $1000 at school, through a cake stall, which was a good start!
    I am also setting up an account to put all of the money into, so that will be open for donations really soon. I will send you the t-shirt order form soon too (if that's okay?), so if anybody at the AJS or BC was interested
     in getting a t-shirt, can you please forward it to them?
    I'd also just like to thank you and Janet for the APCC, because it was truly an amazing opportunity and has inspired me to make a difference in the world. I also now have pen pals from Russia, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Nepal, Vietnam, Japan and China. It really did change my life. I am at the moment in the process of application for a year long exchange with the Rotary Club, which will take place in 2012. None of this would've happened without the trip to Japan.
     Thank you so much for the experience, and keep up the good work! :)

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