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President Blog - 1 November

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Hi everyone!

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.

Kind regards


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