We are being ably supported by Fr John Knight, Pilgrim Group Leaders Rechelle Beaufils, Eamon Brown, Marc Ghignone and Kelly Morales, Pilgrim Fiona Grech and CEO personnel David Cloran and Anthony Morgan. I can assure you that the Bus 6 pilgrims will be well looked after!
What an incredible opportunity World Youth Day 2013 will be for all of us! The pilgrims are looking forward to a range of experiences: mission work in Peru, visits to New Wonders of the World at Machu Picchu and Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the whole World Youth Day week itself and a retreat at one of the New Wonders of Nature in Iguazu Falls. There will be so many eye-opening experiences and people from all around the world with whom to share them.
Please keep in touch with us along the way. See you when we get back! And we really look forward to getting your messages!
Michael Hollis (Bus 6 Leader)
After three days...
What a whirlwind first few days it's been! Starting with a long, but comfortable, flight to Santiago, followed by a very long stopover in the Chilean capital, we finally arrived at our hotel in Lima approaching midnight on Monday, 15 July - more than 30 hours after we met at Mascot to commence our pilgrimage.
After a short sleep, we were straight into some mission work on Tuesday - helping the residents of the shanty town of Pamplona to build a staircase. This sounds simple enough, but it required about 50 fit and able young Australian pilgrims to pull it off (we had some help from Bus 8 on the day). This town was a sight to behold - dirt roads, rubbish discarded in a very haphazard fashion, ramshackle structures put together with a range of different materials and most things existing on very steep and unstable slopes (hence the need for a staircase). Our pilgrims got right into the task at hand - mixing cement, carting rocks down to fill in the framework, forming a human chain to send down buckets of cement and doing this for hours on end. The end result? More than two thirds of a 59-step staircase completed, some very grateful residents and 50 very proud (and exhausted) young Australians. The most impressive thing about the day was how the pilgrims worked together, i.e. with a sense of determination, camaraderie and conscientiousness, and without a word of complaint. Truly inspirational!
On Wednesday, our mission work involved visits to two different schools, which again were in poorer parts of Lima. The Bus 6 pilgrims gave fluoride treatments to primary school-aged children, handed out toothbrushes, did catechesis, played games with kindergarten boys and girls, and gave donations to our hosts. In a fairly unstructured day due to some language difficulties, our pilgrims did another great job. They had a great time interacting with the kids and it was hard to work out who was smiling more at the end of the day - the pilgrims or their new little friends.
Looking forward to a tour of the city of Lima tomorrow, followed by Mass with Cardinal Pell.
Hi long-suffering and dedicated followers of the pilgrims on Bus 6! I finally have some pics to add to your page. The poor PGLs have been so busy looking after the students that they haven't had a lot of time to get some pics to me. There are some on the more blog page but here are some more from Good Samaritan HInchinbrook teacher and Bus 6 PGL Fiona Grech. Hope you enjoy them. Will get some more to you as soon a s I can. Interniet upload speed is sooooooo slow!!
Here is a whole lot of additional pics form from PGL Eamon Brown involving students and PGLs from Bus 6 at various stages of their trip. I hope you enjoy them.