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OPENING CEREMONY CELEBRATIONS
02 July 2012
Sunday September 30, 2012 is one of the most important days in terms of public exposure about the Transplant Games. We are encouraging everyone to be involved as much as possible. The day starts with the DonateLife Foreshore Fun Run/Walk in which we anticipate that between 500 and 1000 people will participate.
The Run/Walk is open to both the public and Transplant Games competitors. It features a beautiful route along Nobbys Breakwall and will end adjacent to the location where the Opening Ceremony will take place.
The winners of the Fun Run/Walk will be presented with their prizes during the Opening Ceremony which will be held outside Customs House.The Opening Ceremony will be somewhat different to opening ceremonies held at previous Australian Transplant Games. This will enable as many people as possible to participate in the Run/Walk.
State and international teams, as well as the living donors and donor families will be grouped together for the Opening Ceremony during the speeches and the official opening of the Games.
The Opening Ceremony will conclude with the Games procession to nearby Nobbys Beach for a wreath-laying ceremony to honour donors and their families. The procession takes the place of the parade which has been the traditional start of the Opening Ceremony.
After the wreath laying ceremony, those recipients playing petanque will head to Nesca Park for this event. Meanwhile at Nobbys beach, there will be a donor family function and a series of beach activities for everyone else to play or watch, including the beach volleyball for recipients (a medal event), and beach cricket, social petanque (boccia) and other activities for everyone else.
The timing of the Fun Run/Walk and the Opening Ceremony was made so that we can get as much media exposure as possible, and to also allow those interested in the Rugby League Grand Final later that day to watch it without interruption. The Local Organising Committee is confident this format will be extremely successful while still honouring the traditions of the Games.
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