Hope you all had a "spooktacular" Halloween! In case you haven't heard, the AWA
Halloween Extravaganza this year was bigger and better than ever! We sold a
record 925 tickets and made nearly $12,000 for the Children's Bioethics Centre
at the Royal Children's Hospital! What a fantastic result - thanks so much to
the Halloween Committee, led by Chairwoman, Brooke Purcell! The event would not
have been such a success without Brooke's tireless efforts and fantastic
leadership. A special thanks also goes out to committee members Andrea
Taormina, Andrea Wandishin, Lacey Alford, Laura Heyning and Susan Loveday for
all of your hard work and dedication in helping to make the event a success!
Also, thank you to Sara Lukic and Patrick Mollison for stylising the event with
decorations and decor.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event myself as I am overseas
traveling to China (Chengdu, Beijing and Tibet) and North Korea. I am currently
in Chengdu, China and I have to say that Halloween is in full swing here! The
streets are decorated and we have seen many people in costume. It is so
wonderful that this fun holiday is spreading worldwide!
In addition to Halloween, China is buzzing with news of the upcoming US
election. I am always amazed at the interest that the world takes in US
domestic politics and the electoral process. I, along with the rest of the
world, will be watching closely as the results come in on Tuesday/Wednesday
next week. Speaking of watching the results, AmCham, one of our new partner
organisations is having a 'watch event' on Wednesday at the Ridges where you
can watch the election returns with other Americans and friends. Check out the
AWA website for more information on that event.
The news in China has also been heavily featuring coverage of the storms on the
northeastern coast of the US. I sincerely hope that if you have family or
friends in this area, they are safe and secure.
I'm looking forward to seeing you all upon my return next week.