Thanks for Palestinian Multicultural lunch

Many thanks to Nabih and Cate for hosting the amazing Palestinian Multicultural lunch in the Rotorua Library! It was a real success, more than 50 people from all over the world came to the lunch.

Thank you very much to our Executive Officer, Yumiko Kawano, for hosting the Palestinian Multicultural Lunch today. Thanks to Marina Kirk-Osman for writing this report to add to what Yumiko has already written.

“What a great privilege to have a Palestinian lunch today with not only Palestinians but a great multicultural group of people coming together.

“The opening today was done by our wonderful Yumiko Kawano, Executive Officer of the Rotorua Multicultural Council, as our President, Margriet Theron, is on a short family vacation in the South Island. Yumiko’s opening was something new to the multicultural group. She asked that we all introduce ourselves; this was so beautiful and I really enjoyed it.

“It was interesting to hear and see so many different nations and cultures sitting in the same room, celebrating the lovely Palestinian lunch as one nation and one culture.

“We all shared a little of who we are and where we are from, as well as what we are doing today, living in our new home town of Rotorua.

“Yumiko then introduced Nabih Monsour. He told us his beautiful life story, from growing up in Palestine to ending up here in Rotorua. He has a Palestinian food stall at the Rotorua Thursday Night Market which is a big hit with the community for his tasty dishes and great cooking skills.

“We all had a taste of Nabih’s beautiful dishes that included Falafels, one of the traditional Middle Eastern dishes, as well as some Hummus. Most Palestinian sweets are pastries filled with either sweetened cheeses, dates or nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios – delicious.

“I am so grateful to be part of this multicultural nation.”

Some of the members of our Women’s Wellbeing programme which is organised by our Administrator, Valeria Liaskovskaia, also attended the lunch. From left: Valeria from Russia, Astrid from Sweden, Chanti from Cambodia, Yumiko from Japan, Marina and Lucinda from South Africa and Patrice from the Philppines.

Thanks to our funders: Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.