Alithia Community Festival Fundraiser March 2019

The first Alithia Community Festival in Valla on Sunday 10th March was a great success.

 

 

Alithia volunteers from Upside Down Fitness, Sound Spirit Yoga, Wearable Art Workshops, Valla Permaculture Farm and Phillida’s Tesselates created a number of free workshop zones and chill out areas.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Adults and kids alike enjoyed the Giant Jenga, hulahoops, balancing skills and all the creative activities on offer.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

 

Many chatted under the trees colouring, while some printed their designs on to linen bags that could be purchased for a small donation.

 

IMG_0415
IMG_0418
IMG_0416

The model boat workshop was a hit with families who engineered their own bamboo designs.  Participants were invited to make a model boat at the event or to make one at home to bring, encouraging families to connect with their children over hands-on activities. A crowd gathered on the bridge to watch the boats sail down Deep Creek, with kids noting that the ones with sails made from the large banana leaves caught the wind and took the lead.

 

IMG_6983
DSC_0812
DSC_0753

This was followed by a raft sailing adventure, which was conducted in collaboration with Trent Munro Surf Academy, who volunteered their time to provide the water safety. People from the community brought their own  large home-made rafts to ride down the river for their chance to win a voucher at Valla’s Beach House Providor Cafe. Many laughs and cheers were had with requests to make this an annual event.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

 

DSC_0770
DSC_0759

While the kids bounced on the jumping castle, had their faces painted and created designs at the Sand Wizard stall, others browsed the delights of the stalls, with many hand-made treasures on offer from local artists.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

DSC_0720
DSC_0725
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Others enjoyed pamper sessions with Bare Nature Beauty, while listening to Stephen Edwards lulling the crowd into a relaxed vibe. There was also exceptional coffee and a range of delicious food. Enjoyment was had for all ages as the community came together to connect, laugh and share.

DSC_0780
DSC_0775
Photography by Rainee Herron

Some of the children who attend Alithia's programs created their own stall, selling home-made ice poles, their own handmade crafts, flowers and sausage sandwiches.

 

 

They joined the Valla Voices Children’s Choir performing on the stage with their mentor Bonnie Nilson.

 

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

Photography by Melissa Seelenmeyer and Cindy Gabert.

 

The finale was the fun-filled auction which raised over $1000 for Alithia. The Valla Voices won the bidding battle for a meeting with George Negus, while others secured bargains which ranged from beautiful paintings by Bellingen artist, Jodi Marshall and indigenous art works by Chels Marshall, to fun times at the Big Banana.

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
DSC_0793

One hundred percent of funds raised will go towards providing further resources, activities and a community facility in Valla. Alithia is a grassroots charity, entirely run by volunteers, providing activities and workshops for children aged 12 years and under.

Sponsored by the BCU.

Total raised: $3,500.

Raffle Winners:

  1. Mid North Coast $200 Voucher: Brenda Mulhern
  2. Consulting with Melissa Seelenmeyer, $200: Lotus and Peter Sobey
  3. Happy Frog $120 worth of goodness: Rob Thomson
  4. Bare Nature Beauty Kids Turkish Towel Poncho: Bernadette Woodhouse (online raffle ticket purchase, posting item)

 

From the Blog

Alithia Mentors 2019-2020

May 12, 2019

Alithia’s $60,000 Success

April 14, 2019

Alithia’s Day Program

April 9, 2019

Position Vacant at Alithia

April 8, 2019

Alithia Campout 2 – Reconnect

April 3, 2019

Alithia Community Festival Fundraiser March 2019

March 13, 2019

February Update from the Hub

February 11, 2019

When Children Instigate Projects: Raft Building

February 11, 2019

When Children Instigate Projects: Raft Building

November 16, 2018

Music, Learning and STEM via Play

October 10, 2018

Nature, Science and Culture Event

August 14, 2018

Alithia Music / Singing Workshop

June 26, 2018

Alithia Drama Workshop

June 12, 2018

Alithia Clay and Yoga Workshop

May 14, 2018

Conflict is an opportune moment for development

April 19, 2018

Alithia Permaculture Farm Play Day

April 10, 2018

Camping Adventure

March 27, 2018

How to maintain your child’s natural talent for lateral thinking

March 8, 2018

Alithia Forest Play Date

March 7, 2018

Alithia Communication Workshop

February 28, 2018

Five Ways to Sustain Creativity at Home and in School

February 20, 2018

New learning facility set to re-imagine education

February 16, 2018

The key to successful discipline and reshaping a child’s brain

January 28, 2018

Why harsh schoolyards are not the best way to prepare kids for the harsh realities of the world (and what is)

January 20, 2018

How to get creativity, innovation and engagement in education

January 6, 2018

Alithia workshop with Physical Artist Nancy Sposato

December 14, 2017

How ‘friluftsliv’ can help you reconnect with nature

December 14, 2017

The Education Paradigm & Creative Thinking

November 13, 2017

The Art of Learning

November 13, 2017

Alithia Nature Art Workshop

November 12, 2017

Embodying Creativity

November 12, 2017

Oberländer’s School, Berlin

November 4, 2017

Proposal Abstract for Researchers and Investors

November 1, 2017

Alithia’s First Gathering

October 28, 2017

Research on Alithia (QUT)

October 20, 2017

Research Questions for Universities

October 19, 2017

Forest Kindergartens, Denmark

October 4, 2017

Candlebark & Fitzroy Community School, Victoria

October 4, 2017

This is what happens when children create their own curriculum

October 4, 2017

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

October 2, 2017

The Alithia Story

September 14, 2017

The Unsafe Child: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

September 14, 2017

When You Teach Meditation, Something Amazing Happens

September 14, 2017

The Revolution Will Not Take Place in a Classroom

September 14, 2017

The Nature School, Port Macquarie

September 4, 2017

Tinker Tank, UK

September 4, 2017

Global Village School

September 2, 2017

What is Alithia?

May 13, 2017

About Us

Alithia Learning runs a range of child-led programs designed for 5 to 12 year-olds. The defining characteristics of our programs are positive communication and freedom to learn.

Join Us

You don't have to live on the Mid North Coast to get involved with Alithia. If you love what we're about, get involved!

Follow Us

News and events are announced on our social platforms.

Leave a Comment