As we celebrate the birth of Jesus may we rejoice in the love, hope, peace and joy of God’s loving Grace. We wish you and your families a joyous Christmas celebration with many blessing in 2020.
It has been my privilege once again to lead our Trust as President. This has been another year for the Trust to continue to build relationships and connections within our local community.
We have taken part in several community market stalls to sale our jam’s and baked goods. The first market stall was at Somervell Presbyterian OP Art Display event. The images feature selected works by artists who engage elements of upcyclying in their craft. This exhibition started as a Somervell Op Shop initiative to creatively promote the care of our planet. The second opportunity was at the International Christmas Stall day at St Heliers Presbyterian church, once again another successful day selling our baked goods and yummy jams. This success continues with a highly attended movie evening held at Somervell Presbyterian Church. With the screen of the movie Dumplin. These events have given the Trust a platform to promote our education leaflets for families and to be seen in the community. As well as fund raising for our ongoing community projects.
Umma Trust and Bridgebuilders Trust had a joint Faith celebration for the Breaking of fast: Interfaith Iftar. The Trust had an opportunity to share in prayer and to speak about the work we do as Bridgebuilders in our local community and to outline our long association with the Umma Trust. This evening was well attended by all the different faith groups and various local community groups.
2019 will be a memorable year for Jane Prichard and myself. We were both recognised and honoured with Queens Honours Award. Jane received a CNZM for her work with women church groups, establishing new organisations and for CEDAW. I was honoured with a Queens Service Medal for working with Womens Groups and Niuean Community. These awards are a blessing and honour.
The Bridgebuilders Trust welcomed new members elected at our Annual General Meeting: Lindsay Smith, Jacqueline Lakatani and Amelia Fakalaga. I wish to acknowledge every one for your support, time and commitment to the work of Bridgebuilders.
By standing together we are empowered. That we ensure our voices are heard and we uplift all people needing our help. That together we build strong bridges knowing that through Gods help all things are possible.
Blessing to you all this Advent season
Rose Tauetule, QSM