Daily Archives: January 27, 2009

Gung Haggis volunteers are important to the event's success

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Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat paddlers proudly carry the dragon through the crowd during the evening's finale – a rousing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Thank you everybody… 

Our Gung Haggis volunteers are incredible, and we know we can rely and trust on you to make whatever needs to happen… happen.

At the event, the volunteers provide foundation, to help get the event ready, so everything can flow.

our volunteers taking initiative, and taking over tasks (such as
setting up the Royal BC Museum figures on the stage – It looked
BEAUTIFUL – and it recognized the pioneer histories of Scottish, First
Nations and Asian Canadians.)  Your volunteerism really allowed me to
do what I am best at.  Being a creative artistic director, and working
with the media.  And I am always glad to give you all the opportunities
that come along with Gung Haggis Fat Choy community events.

Many people
thought it was the BEST Burns dinner they had ever been too – This was
said by Dr. Leith Davis – Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies
at SFU.  And Leith had just spent 2 weeks in Scotland, attending many
Burns Suppers and events…. What a compliment for all of us.

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Four of the Gung Haggis dragon boat team volunteers.  Standing: Steven, Terry, sitting: Wendy, Ashleigh

The theme for last night seemed to be abundance.
We had an abundance of guests – 55 tables for about 550 people
an abundance of scotch – thanks to Famous Grouse sponsors.
an abundance of media attention, through radio, tv, newspapers and blogs… and even Macleans Magazine!
And an abundance of raffle/silent auction and live auction monies!

But more importantly is an abundance of community spirit.
This is what the Gung Haggis dinner event is based on.
This is what the Gung Haggis dragon boat team is based on.

to our Gung Haggis volunteers who really demonstrated their willingness
and commitment to community spirit – or shall we say “Gung Haggis

Big thanks to Hillary and Leanne for coordinating the volunteers.  And
especially to Hillary also for looking after the Reception and Table
seatings…. and so much more.

Slainte, Todd

The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

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Hi everybody…

A wonderful job by everybody last night –
Veteran Gung Haggis performers Joe McDonald and Heather pronounced last
night as “The Best Gung Haggis Dinner yet”

And Dr. Leith Davis
said it was the best Burns Supper she had ever attended – and she just
spent 2 weeks in Scotland for Homecoming Scotland!

to everybody.  The energy was brilliantly contagious and fun.  There
were lots of nice surprises in the program, with the Mayor reading a
Burns poem, a treatise on the details of scotch drinking, Parks
Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon singing A Man's A Man For A' That, and
hip hop artist Ndidi Cascade coming up from the audience to rap a verse
of Burns' Address to A Haggis.

But it was the performances by
Silk Road, Joe McDonald, Adrienne Wong, Jan Walls, Tommy Tao, Rita
Wong, Catherine Barr, Heather Pawsey & DJ Timothy Wisdom, Bob
Wilkins & the Gung Haggis Fat Choy pipe band,  supplemented by
Alland & Trish McMordie with Don Scobie from Seattle… and an
immortal address by Dr. Leith Davis – that knocked the audience over!

With wondefully warm co-hosting from Gloria Macarenko and Catherine Barr….

And strong support from stagemanager Charlie Cho, and sound technician Carl Schmidt.

Many thanks…. to helping rise funds for Historic Joy Kogawa House,
Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop/Ricepaper Magazine and Gung Haggis Fat
Choy dragon boat team.

We will have some pictures available for you soon.

Thank yous and Blessings to

World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy Gala FREE event at Vancouver Public Library 7:30pm

Hi everybody…

if you are recovered from last night…

Please come to the Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry event

Monday, January 26th
Vancouver Public Library
Central Branch
Peter Kaye / Alma Van Dusen Rooms

We are celebrating the 250th birthday of
Robbie Burns and Chinese New Year with Steve Duncan, Tommy WK Tao,
James Mullin and Rita Wong.

Performances: Ji-rong Haung, Chinese erhu.
Ariadne's Dream Dragon Dance- yes I am bringing the lettuce! Bob
Wilkins Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pipe Band. Hosts Todd Wong, Diego
Bastianutti (guest host for Alejandro Mujica-Olea who will be in
Chile)and Ariadne Sawyer. For more information, 6o4-526-4729
All are invited for this fun event!