Communities celebrate first day of summer

Howick Local Board member Peter Young organised the first day of Summer celebration at Barry Curtis Park on December 1. Photo supplied

A rain forecast didn’t deter locals from turning up to celebrate the first day of summer at the Ormiston Activity Centre at Barry Curtis Park on Saturday.

In fact the activity centre was so packed that there wasn’t enough room for a lot of people to do the free physical fitness workout led by personal trainer Eric Wang, supported by Will Liu.

Peter Caccioppoli, Senior Activation Advisor, Parks, Sports and Recreation, Auckland Council was impressed with the turn-out.

“I’ve never seen such a big turnout at any of our programmes,” he said.

Fitness workout led by personal trainer Eric Wang, supported by Will Liu at Ormiston Activity Centre. Photo supplied

Organised by Peter Young, Howick Local Board member in-charge of the ethnic portfolio, the event featured members from six local groups including Botany & Flat Bush Ethnic Association, Rainbow Celebrating Life Trust, Rotary Club of  Auckland South, Lion’s Club of Howick, Shenzhen Association and NZ Chinese Art & Caring Group Inc.

There were non-stop activities and performances that included Line dancing, Bollywood dancing, Chinese folk dancing and live music by ethnic groups.

Also spotted enjoying the cultural diversity at the event were Howick Local Board member John Spiller and Howick Ward councillor Paul Young.

Fun and fitness routine with some Bollywood moves.

Encouraging the ethnic communities to step out and stay healthy Mr Young says, “Every Saturday morning we have dance and fitness classes from 8-9am followed by a workout led by trained professionals from 9-10am at the Ormiston Activity centre. I urge everyone to take advantage of this free facility to keep fit and active in summer.”

Mr Young also celebrated 20 years of being a real estate agent with Barfoot and Thompson by inviting everyone to a sumptuous morning tea, followed by a lunch for past customers and friends on the day.