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Finally!

November 29th, 2009 was a day thoroughly marked in our calendars for quite a while back. This was the day on which our Red Cross Sports/Activity day was to happen, the first big event initiated and planned by Sigri and I (with great help from local volunteers, especially from the university and the two local sectors from which the participants were drawn).

And, on Sunday, the day was finally here. It even went quite well, despite some delays, rain and challenges with distributing prizes and food. All in all, I am both relieved and happy we were able to pull it off in the manner we did.

These are some of the highlights of the day, from my perspective:

1. We had a lot of people coming to our event. More than one hundred participants, volunteers and potential volunteers from the Tumba and Ngoma sectors here in our district (Huye), and some 3-400 spectators.

Quite a lot of people made it to the event. Here during the Red Cross Dissemination by Nusura.

Quite a lot of people made it to the event. Here during the Red Cross Dissemination by Nusura.

2. The Red Cross message was given through various means, not least through the wonderful sketches that showed so much enthusiasm, creativity, and talent. I guess that was also the case for the songs, even though I didn’t understand much of the lyrics (in Kinyarwanda).

TV-sketch about the Red Cross which was very popular with the crowd. I love the expressions on some of the audience.

TV-sketch about the Red Cross which was very popular with the crowd. I love the expressions on some of the audience.

Red Cross Helicopter with battery-driven rotors! Another very popular sketch - about Red Cross Emergency response.

Red Cross Helicopter with battery-driven rotors! Another very popular sketch - about Red Cross Emergency response.

3. The sports of the day were conducted with great energy and competitive spirit. Many impressive sport feats could be seen in Huye Stadium this day. Mini-football, 800 m race, sack race, water race, and acrobatics were on the program.

Scene from the boys' mini-foot match. A muddy affair.

Scene from the boys' mini-foot match. A muddy affair.

Girls from Ngoma celebrate the only goal of the match while a player from Tumba sector despairs.

Girls from Ngoma celebrate the only goal of the match while a player from Tumba sector despairs.

The start of the 2-lap-race around the stadium.

The start of the 2-lap-race around the stadium.

The sack/mud race created many interesting situations. Luckily noone got hurt.

The sack/mud race created many interesting situations. Luckily noone got hurt.

Acrobatics - scorpion style!

Acrobatics - scorpion style!

5. That our fellow organizers (all volunteers) did such a great job in organizing everything! I have to mention in particular the committee members Emmanuel (Master of Ceremony), Nusura (Red Cross dissemination), Norbert (first aid-responsible during the day), Justin and Egide (responsible for sports and for the participants), as well as Edmond (District President, who helped us with many practical issues before and during the day).

Nusura in the center of attention - carefully recording the order in which the water race participants finished.

Nusura in the center of attention - carefully recording the order in which the water race participants finished.

6. That some of our bosses were able to come and be our guests of honor during the day, and that they seemed to enjoy themselves.

Some of our guests of honor: Francois, Coordinator for all of the South Province Red Cross; Jean Paul, Organizational Development department in Kigali; Robert, OVC Coordinator in Gisagara; Sigri, Youth Delegate.

Some of our guests of honor: Francois, Coordinator for all of the South Province Red Cross; Jean Paul, Organizational Development department in Kigali; Robert, OVC Coordinator in Gisagara; Sigri, Youth Delegate.

Our contact person and Youth Director Paul together with Sigri and I.

Our contact person and Youth Director Paul together with Sigri and I.

7. That Sigri and I had taken initiative for the whole things, distributed responsibility, and that I am getting used to saying some words to big gatherings of people.

Getting used to speak, but still need to work on my pose.

Getting used to speak, but still need to work on my pose.

It’s approaching Christmas and a trip back to Norway to see family and friends, but after arranging this event I’m more confident than ever that coming back and continuing our work here will be a great and rewarding experience in which we can make a difference for the youth work in Rwanda Red Cross.

The ceremony for the mini-foot winners, who received some very popular Red Cross caps as prizes.

The ceremony for the mini-foot winners, who received some very popular Red Cross caps as prizes.

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