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Cruising in your comfort zone? Been there! Here’s my journal of actually doing the stuff I usually think about but never get around to doing.

Love is….a Sandcastle Competition

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Over the last couple of years I have helped our 12 year old son Pete, his 11 year old cousin and two similar aged gorgeous girls from the bach on the hill organise the sandcastle competition on Medlands Beach. If you haven’t ever done this, I fully recommend you organise one – a delight to observe children in event management mode.

Pete in his opening speech

Pete in his opening speech

Their efforts covered sponsorship (see the sponsors board), marketing (see the beach signage), selecting ambassadors (see the 3 judges taking it very seriously – they specifically chose Lance Herbst as his architectural practice won Home of the Year last year!) as well as various meetings to discuss rules, speeches, timekeeping etc. This year, their pre-production buzz inspired some other kids to complement the event with a lemonade stand (beautifully art directed I must say). The $2 entry fee and koha from the lemonade stand will all go to the the Great Barrier Island Charitable Trust – to keep alive the birds on Great Barrier Island like these beautiful Oyster Catchers with their chicks who checked out the sandcastle competition.

I feel confident we are in safe hands with this next generation of kids.

All male line up of judges took it very seriously

All male line up of judges took it very seriously

My husband’s “ice sculpture”

My husband’s “ice sculpture”

My personal fave, three teens on a bike, called Happy Times

My personal fave, three teens on a bike, called Happy Times

“Mea’s Lemonade Stand”

“Mea’s Lemonade Stand”

All for a good cause – save the birds – like these oyster catchers who popped by to show their chicks the sandcastles

All for a good cause – save the birds – like these oyster catchers who popped by to show their chicks the sandcastles

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3 Responses to “Love is….a Sandcastle Competition”

  1. Nikki
    January 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    …..and who won the sandcastle comp?

    • sandy
      January 9, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      well, for some reason my photos of the family winner (a buried mermaid extravaganza)didn’t turn out, nor did the Nelson Mandela portrait by our South African neigbours who won the Adult section. will find someones pics and post

  2. Diane
    January 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    is this the only way I get to see my boy?? ha ha more please