A poem by Hila Sukkar, Palms volunteer in Gizo, Nila and Wagina, Solomon Islands
People like hearing Palms volunteers’ stories. The experiences of a volunteer provide a positive contrast to the fear propagated by much of the mainstream media. The stories shared are an example of entering into an intercultural relationship with open hands.
There are many people to thank for supporting Palms: the volunteers who willingly share their skills in a cross-cultural context, our overseas partners who continue to request Palms volunteers, highlighting the comprehensive preparation that our volunteers receive, and our Australian donors and supporters.
While the horizon during 2005-06 remained steadier than we found on the big dipper of 2004-05, we need to be sure as we begin 2006-07 that we are not looking at a mirage.
One of the great attributes of this organisation that I recognise in my new role as President of the Board is the number of practical ways that this vision is implemented.