1 May, 2018
Some of you may not be making the most of your membership. OSCA will continue to try and provide quality activities for you.
Next year over Easter 2019 we will be holding the New Zealand Chinese Association Annual Sports and Cultural Tournament where our sports teams will compete against some of the other 13 branches of NZCA. This is a large tournament with multiple sports and social events, and a great opportunity for our youth and veterans to show off their skills against Chinese from other parts of New Zealand. In the lead up to the Easter Tournament we often sponsor sports teams in local competition.
We hold an August camp for high school and university students. The OSCA Youth award is a contestable award that recognises contributions to OSCA for younger members. NZCA Academic Awards are contestable awards for younger members who have academic strengths.
We teach Lion Dancing and have a very active group of performers who are in demand. These children also engage in other fun activities as a reward for their enthusiasm along with their parents, without whom OSCA couldn’t have a Lion Dance Team.
We help finance the Chinese School, where students can learn to read, write, and speak Mandarin and Cantonese.
While much of our focus is on our younger members we do organise celebratory dinners, fundraisers, and other events, and over 70’s outings for our more senior members. Remember that for over 70 year old can join for free but they must still complete a membership form every year to qualify.
We also support activities such as the bio-archaeological study and dig in Lawrence, the SS Ventnor Memorial planned for Rawene Cemetery, the Dunedin Chinese Gardens, book launches for books like Sons of the Soil, Turning Stone into Jade, Fruits of Our Labour, and the Anzac Book.
I would encourage you to join in with anything that would interest you, or if you have an interest you want to pursue then maybe OSCA could help you connect with other people with the same interests.
Linus Chin President