By Frances Wong and Gordon Wong
This year on 3rd March, the Annual OSCA BBQ was held in conjunction with the Hong Kong Club. All OSCA members in the community and the miniball (primary and intermediate school) group were also invited to attend.
140 people attended this successful event which was relocated to the South Life Church due to the cold conditions and wet grounds at the Woodhaugh Gardens, the original venue.
The food was amazing and the students were most appreciative of the barbecue food provided. We offered sausages, meat patties, pork riblets, chicken wings, bread, coleslaw and platters of healthy fresh fruit. Thanks to the OSCA Committee, Colin Wong, Leanne Chin, Michael Hall, and Sue & Robin Sew Hoy for their invaluable help and support!
There were speeches from the OSCA Youth Committee (Nicolle Wong), HK Club president (Boris Mo) and Julie Ma who was the ANZ representative. The first two speakers highlighted upcoming events and the advantages of joining OSCA and the HK Club and Julie told us that she was happy to provide any support in banking field.
The university group organised team events which was a great opportunity to get to know new faces. There were some challenging moments with a mixture of NZ and HK games but the room was filled with lots of laughter.
During the speeches, the primary school kids had the main hall to themselves. Catharine Kan had organised a number of activities that required a bit of re engineering to accommodate the indoor venue. Many games were played including a highly entertaining game of winks, a hilarious attempt at a human pyramid and a relay race crossing an imaginary river by hopping over stepping stones.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the financial support for the event from ANZ Dunedin.
Note: Traditionally, OSCA has held a Chinese New Year picnic on the Sunday closets to Chinese New Year and a separate youth barbecue designed to principally welcome students old and new. Chinese New Year was extremely early this year and the Chinese New Year picnic has had a decline in participation in recent years and a decision was made to combine the events and promote the event as a family picnic.
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By Richard Wong
It was a great day for the OSCA student barbeque. Held at Woodhaugh Gardens, everyone who attended was treated to fine weather and good food. The barbeque is a great chance for students to catch up with each other and for new members to get to know other Chinese studying at the university. Approximately 50 students attended and around 15 new members had the chance to meet new friends.
After lunch, everyone was separated into different groups and had to undergo various mental and physical challenges around the park. There were some old favourites such as walking blind through an obstacle course in the bush, eating dry weet-bix, spoon and string, and throwing water bombs in a bucket while avoiding your team mates. New events were thrown in such as a water obstacle course, charades and dancing to “The Thong Song”. There were many antics at the water bombs station. I would like to express great concern for the U21 men’s basketball team for the upcoming Easter Tournament. Boris ‘Magnum’ Ma, who fancies himself as a shooter, could not get a single water balloon in a bucket four feet away. Although he did manage to directly hit his team mates in the face on several occasions and drenched Darren Joe to everyone’s delight.
After the activities there was plenty of entertainment for everyone at the losing team’s expense. The unfortunate team who managed to total the least amount of points were left in the hands of the OSCA Wheel of Fate. Yi Deng was brave enough to get his first OSCA tattoo. Newbie Joel suffered the pain of a wax strip on his leg (although there was not much to work with), Sheila gave her rendition of ‘I’m a Little Tea Pot’ and finally Deborah Ngan was lucky enough to get the opportunity to give Patrick Truong a peck on the cheek (or was it the other way around?). We personally think the OSCA Wheel of Fate broke the ice between these two. Overall it was a successful first event, of many to come, organized by the youth committee. Special thanks to Sin and Susan, Linus and Lee and Colin for helping the youth committee run the event smoothly.
The OSCA Youth Sub Committee held a barbecue and team building fun day at Woodhaugh Gardens on Sunday 15th March 2009.
- Colin, Charlotte, Bernard, Jun
- Tasman, Jessica, Howard, Jonny
- Regan, Phiona, David, Susan
- Brittany, Jodie, Darren, Sin
- Lisa, Deborah, Wang-Chi, Linus
- Jenny, Karen, Albert, Kirsty
- Jono, Matthew, Ryan, Natalie
- Chee, Peter, Joanne, Kendall