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October 2015 News

Celebrate Family Week with Mao’s Last Dancer

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Mary Wagner with ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ Li Cunxin, who will be the special guest speaker at the 2015 Family Week Breakfast Photo: Ana Alan

This month’s Family Week will culminate in a memorable celebration of family at the annual Family Week Breakfast.

The special guest speaker at this year’s breakfast will be Li Cunxin, who’s remarkable life was detailed in his best selling autobiography, “Mao’s Last Dancer” as well as the hit Hollywood movie of the same title. 

“I strongly believe in the family unit and family values,” said Li. “As a child I just loved that family time together.”

“I have the most special memories – even though there wasn’t enough food to eat – of our family sitting together and sharing the day’s experiences whatever they were,” he said.

From an early life of poverty in China, to stardom as one of the greatest ballet dancers of our time, Li will be sharing his journey of strength, integrity and resilience, and the importance of family at the Family Week Breakfast.

The breakfast will be a culmination of the week-long celebration of families from October 17-25.

Community groups, businesses, churches, schools, clubs and families are getting ready to put on some fun-filled events for the community to enjoy. 

“This year, Family Week in Toowoomba celebrates its 10th birthday and we want, in a special way, to acknowledge and build on the amazing support we have had from the Toowoomba community over the years,” said Family Week co-ordinator Sonagh Poulsen. 

“We have much to celebrate; for two years running we have been named in Australia’s top four most family-friendly cities by the National Suncorp Family Friendly index, and indeed the most family-friendly city in Queensland.”

The Family Week Breakfast will be hosted by Mary Wagner at the Wellcamp Airport at on Wednesday  28 October.

“We are delighted to be inviting Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer, as our guest speaker,” said Mary. 

This year, in the lead up to Family Week, the committee has been running a campaign entitled “Come to the Table” highlighting the positive outcomes for children and the family generally, if there is a conscious effort to sit down to eat a meal together at the dinner table. 

“This is a simple, practical idea to encourage stronger families, and for the first time, we have screened local television advertisements to promote the initiative,” said Mary.

Family Week is all about participation, and everyone can be involved.

Being involved in Family Week is an easy way for businesses and community organisations to show that they are family-friendly and community minded. 

One event already on the Family Week calender is the combined churches “Family Celebration” service at HumeRidge Church of Christ on Sunday October 25.

The 5pm family-friendly service will be a great opportunity for Christians to gather in unity and worship together.

With Li Cunxin - ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’
6:45am Wednesay 28 October
Wellcamp Airport
$25 per person / $250 per table of 10
Tickets from www.familyweek.com.au

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