The 20th APCC was held in Fukuoka in July 2008. The chaperone Janet Whittle accompanied the eight selected children: Adam Payne, Brayden Longley, Andrew Tang, Matthew Teasdale, Stephanie Clare-Cover, Amelia Ryan, Mariah Kennedy, Chanel Pardoe.
The Exchange Camp was held at the start of the project for five days at Marine Camp where the children had the opportunity to mix with nearly 350 children from all around the Asia Pacific region. This year, the children were involved in a number of activities on site including ikebana, origami, dressing in yukata and ball games. The sports day was held again this year and provided the children with the opportunity to have fun and join together in non-competitive fun activities.
Erin Maitland participated in the Peace Ambassadors program as a Special Peace Ambassador during the Exchange Camp and then later at the Peace Ambassador Camp, which involved workshops and discussions relating to the future of Bridge Club and possible activities/opportunities that members could be involved in. Erin was also lucky enough to be selected as a room leader and events host at the Exchange Camp.
Our delegation was again involved in the School Visit program and they were fortunate to be hosted by Yokote Elementary School again this year. The children attended for four days and the school had prepared many exciting activities for the group, including a day trip to Fukuoka organised by the students themselves
During the home stay time, the JAs enjoyed a range of activities including visits to the baseball, bowling, visiting Daizufu, hot spring baths and other tourist spots. The group also participated in the APCC festival in central Fukuoka where the group performed their presentation and then two days later at the APCC 20th Annaversary event which closed with the original composer of the festival song singing ‘We are the Bridge’.