Visit from the Hazara community

posted May 10, 2017, 5:29 AM by Richard Forster   [ updated May 10, 2017, 5:52 AM ]
Deb Van Velsen writes: 

On a grey Sunday in late April, more than a dozen cars drove over 50 people from Hobart to the LBT. These Tasmanians have experienced life as refugees, and their main language is Hazaragi.  This is the second time the LBT has welcomed their visit, starting with a shared morning tea. 

Everyone then thoroughly enjoyed time on the boats, with Jane Johnson and Tess going out with countless crews in Imagine, Peter Laidlaw and Richard Forster doing the same in grebes, and Martin Riddle and Brian Marriott doing mini cruises on The Nancy.  Many people tried out all of the boats, and some managed to get themselves on all of the boats multiple times!! There were several mixed crews, the young women only, young men and daughters, and the fun the older men's crew had was one of the highlights of the day. 

Lunch was held with groups picnicking in and around the shed, and sharing delicious plates of traditional foods with the LBT members. 

The afternoon finished with apple tasting and picking at Richard and Lorna Clauson's orchard at Castle Forbes Bay. 

This day was a great success.  One woman newly arrived just a few months ago said, ‘best day yet by far’!!!  The group was very expressive on how very happy they were with the day and very appreciative.  It's hoped that more LBT members can join in next time, especially to take turns rowing with the community crews.  A huge thanks again to everyone on the boats, plus Zainab and Deb on the catering support side. 

A community day with the Karen community from Hobart has been suggested for November.