IT IS over. The last lap was floored and it was a success. The East Famine Camp was a totally new experience for many of us. The new crowd, the venue, the culture, the energy, the early rising sun…
Last Thursday, a team of WV staff & volunteers flew to Miri to begin preparations. It isnt easy to keep focus when you are in a new place and you want to explore and have fun and yet do your job…but thank God we all managed to remind each other to keep on track. On Friday, with volunteers from Miri, we started to set up the stadium…I spent most of the time trying to get the stage to look presentable and neat. -__-” It took a lot of effort, surprisingly…
Anyway, with the fabulous help from the volunteers, we were all set and ready earlier than expected. (Miri people are really generous when they help.) The team had a final briefing at night and prayed that all would go well. The day dawned and we headed to the stadium to do last minute preparations.
The moment I walked into the stadium, all I could see were all these ‘lemons’ walking around. No honestly, dressed in my orange WV t-shirt, I felt that I was in the wrong fruit basket. The volunteers outnumber the staff drastically, and since the campers were not there yet, I felt the minority.
At about 11ish, the campers started to arrive in earnest and soon enough, we started the camp with the icebreakers and the usual preparations for the Opening Ceremony. It was a new experience for me to see campers not get excited during the icebreakers (especially when those giant balloons appeared). It took quite some time for everyone to warm up to the event and the emcees on stage and each other. Again, it is the different crowd that we dealt with and the experience I must say, was refreshing.
Overall, the programmes were similar and the campers did it with enthusiasm to match the West Famine. But because this is the very first time for the campers in East Famine, they really did not know what to expect so the night was difficult…since they were hungry and the stadium was really cold. By the second day, most people were lethargic but I must say to their credit, they put up a good fight and accomplished their 30 hours!!
The staff and volunteers really pulled a good and smooth event. Thanks to all those who were dedicated and really went the extra mile to help WV. And to all the East Famine campers, kudos to your success in the 30-hour Famine. It was wonderful having you all!!