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DAMASCUS BRIDGING CULTURE WITH WORDS

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Students from Damascus College: Meg, Abbey, Lucinda, Lilly, Endira, Harry and Eamon with Ballarat Scrabble Club inaugural member Maggie Solomon.

MEMBERS of the Ballarat Scrabble Club were as excited as the youngsters from Malaysia, who had come to play scrabble in Ballarat on Tuesday. After a cultural performance, which was very much enjoyed, it was down to some serious word making.

Ballarat Scrabble Club Secretary, Neville Hesketh, said that while the children were there for a ‘friendly’ game, there were prizes for the highest game and highest word for respective girls and boys.

“All the children will receive a certificate of participation and a package of local information supplied by our Tourist Information Centre,” Mr Hesketh said. “We have about 41 people from Malaysia, we have eleven or twelve helpers from Damascus College and we have amassed a number of people from Melbourne and Geelong and around the local community.” The small local club put in a fantastic effort in organising the day, which virtually came out of the blue.

Students from Kuala Lumpur perform a traditional dance for the Ballarat Scrabble Club members and visitors before they played some scrabble. (photo submitted).
Students from Kuala Lumpur perform a traditional dance for the Ballarat Scrabble Club
members and visitors before they played some scrabble. (photo submitted).

“I had a phone call from a man who said he was from Malaysia and had a group of students who wanted to come to play scrabble in Ballarat,” Mr Hesketh said. “And we said ‘why not?’ “We talked about it and said it was a good opportunity because it’s a oneoff for us and if it’s popular they want to come back in September.”