Recently the Book Group received a loan of 18 copies of the book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. It tells Greg's story following his terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2 in 1993. He drifted cold and dehydrated into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness he promised to return and build a school. “Three Cups of Tea” subtitled “One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace” is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty five schools in remote villages across the forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit. His story is relevant to today as the war continues in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The 18 copies of this book will circulate around churches in Victoria and Tasmania and we see this as yet another step in the Warrandyte Peace Project which is the main source of the funds for the donation.
This year's theme of Warrandyte Dreaming fitted with WUC's vision of Dreaming for Peace with the focus on Peace with the Earth. Hundreds of kids visited with the tent to enjoy the free activities over the festival weekend. The theme centred around animals and kids of all ages enjoyed:
- Peace pole painting
- Puppets made from recycled plant pots
- Stencilling animal shapes
- Bubble blowing from animal shaped blowers
- Wooden dove ornament painting.
The kids enjoyed it, the parents appreciated it and we celebrated the opportunity to share our vision with the Warrandyte community.
Peace and Fun at the Warrandyte Festival 2010
For the holidays in April, the regular monthly craft session was extended to include an early hour for children and mums. It was great to see the creativity flowing and our regular peace card session continued on amongst the chatter and play of the young ones. If you would like to try out a crafty session,
Craft night - holiday activity
At our June breakfast club over 30 people enjoyed some food for the soul as well as a hearty breakfast. No agenda items, no business, no requirements – just a peaceful chat over breakfast – the perfect start to the day!