On a typical Perth late October Sunday afternoon, with unseasonably overcast weather, and there isÂ much to beÂ said for our very pleasant and laid back lifestyle.Â Â A quick check of the headlineÂ newsÂ shows that the lead story is Gretel Kileen has been dumped as Big Brother host.Â SoÂ you can see that the big pressingÂ issues of society really dominates ourÂ discussion, especiallyÂ during these grand election campaign weeks.Â
Big qudos today for the WA Maccabi Sports club for theirÂ Yokine Fair, hosted to raise funds forÂ the construction of a new pavilion.Â Â Hopefully sufficient funds will have been raised to allow their target to be met.Â Obviously a tremendous effort went intoÂ arrangements, and the respectable size of theÂ crowd was reasonable reward enough.Â
The atmosphereÂ at the event was very communal, and there was enough to see and do toÂ keepÂ visitors occupied for several hours, which makes for a good day out.Â Â The comment that MaccabiÂ ran this event with an understanding of their limitations is very much a compliment.Â To their credit they did not try to make the occasion too big, and the community environment at theÂ park wasÂ much better as a result.Â The event was well supported by both the Jewish and non-JewishÂ residents ofÂ Yokine, which was very much the intent of the organisers.
Having said this, the advertising and promotions of the fair did stop short of tellingÂ those who would not knowÂ exactly what Maccabi sports club is.Â Â The word “Jewish” seemed to be deliberately avoided, as if it would serve as a negative stigma.Â Â The only criticism that Jewgle puts forward is that Maccabi should be proud and open about its status as a JewishÂ sports club, and as such should not shy away from this when approaching the broader community.Â ObservantÂ Jews do have other issues with Maccabi, as an organisation that does not respectÂ kosherÂ traditions, and plays organised sport on Shabbat and Yom Tov.Â However, sadly thisÂ is not unique to Perth.Â As an instituion Maccabi does a lot of good, providesÂ excellent sporting, cultural and social connections, and is very much part of the fabric of the community.Â SomeÂ years back the management of Maccabi saw the club falter in some respects, but the club hasÂ turned itself around, delivered a greaterÂ range ofÂ activities, and has the energy within it toÂ create fundraising activities allround.Â That deserves a big accolade.
For a sleepyÂ Sunday afternoon strollÂ to the park, with some activities and community, today was a very pleasant day.Â Not for all.Â Some parents at the fair were restraining kids, and one parentÂ was heard to remark that although his kids were having a great time, heÂ may as well haveÂ taken a $50 note out of his pocket, burnt it, and saved himself theÂ drama.
Finally, who could forget the elections!Â Â Both Labour and Liberal had their campaigns and candidates out in the park, with much traditional electioneering adding to the aforementioned community atmosphere.Â Â They were both dispensing balloons.Â If one had to take a snap poll on the basis of the number of red versus blue balloons, then it wouldÂ very easily be a favourable result to MichaelÂ Keenan!