The 19th APCC was held in Fukuoka in July 2007. The chaperone Jo McCracken and Assistant Chaperone Janet Whittle accompanied the eight selected children: Gordon Bedlow, Ryan Joyce, Alexander Ritter, Mathew Withers, Rebecca Barry, Cassandra Hook, Hayley Roberts and Gabriella Vallence. This year, a Peace Ambassador, Erin Maitland, also attended the Convention.
The Exchange Camp was held at the start of the project for four 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 participated in the Peace Ambassadors program during the Exchange Camp which involved workshops and discussions relating to the future of Bridge Club and possible activities/opportunities that members could be involved in. The Peace Ambassadors also assisted with the Exchange Camp, assisting with organisation and activities.
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 Nagasaki, hot springs and other tourist spots. The group also participated in the APCC festival in central Fukuoka where the group performed their presentation as well as enjoyed participating in the grand finale and singing of the festival song ‘We are the Bridge’.