Canberra branch celebrates 20th Anniversary

A happy group of members and friends helped the Canberra branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia celebrate its 20th birthday on Saturday 31 March 2012, in the nation’s capital.  Our premises sparkled with flowers from well-wishers and gifts from other branches.

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Some of our very first Canberra members helped celebrate:  Dr Peter Cook, now the Australian Society’s Executive Director, who started the first class in Canberra in 1992, along with some of his very first students – Alan Thompson, Christine Bettinson and Tony Beck. Petrina Hendry, our Eastern Region president, delivered a message of congratulations from the Australian Society.

Distinguished guests from the Canberra community included Ms Gai Brodtmann – Federal Member for Canberra; Ms Amanda Bresnan – Greens Spokesperson on Health from the ACT Legislative Assembly; and Mr Jason Whittingham – ACT Branch President of the Australian Physiotherapists Association.

Our guests spoke of the longstanding contribution the Branch is making to the health of the Canberra community, and praised the volunteer effort which is critical to the work of the Branch in making the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts of health available to all.

Following a demonstration set, two of our members told their personal stories of how Taoist Tai Chi™ had helped them.  According to one of the speakers Taoist Tai Chi gives him “health, sanity and an amazing network of friends!”

The audience enjoyed a Lion Dance.  Though it was loud, the lion was cute as well as athletic. It stretched up to swallow a lettuce from the ceiling, sat quietly to chew then spit it out around the room, spreading luck to everyone!

A lovely birthday cake was then cut.  The cake was beautifully iced on top depicting a bird native to the Canberra region, the Gang-Gang cockatoo. The Gang-Gang cockatoo is also the print on the Canberra Branch’s 20th Anniversary T-shirt which many wore on that day.

We then stepped outside where it was beautifully set up with a marquee, flags and a delicious afternoon tea.  What a celebration!

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