Community Eevnts - Adopt a Second Team

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What can you do to welcome the nations of the Commonwealth?
What is the national anthem of Nigeria?

What kind of traditional foods do they serve in Cyprus?

And just where is Malawi?

These are some of the questions communities across Victoria as asking as they take part in the 'adopt a second team' inititiave. Every municipality in the State has been matched with one of the 71 Commonwealth nations as a first step to creating a cultural exchange through the Games.

Mayors of every municipality and delegates from every Commonwealth nation were invited to meet for the first time in April this year. Following a special function, they were treated to a first hand glimpse of what athletes experience, when they walked together on to the hallowed MCG turf at half time of an Aussie Rules match. 60,000 spectators cheered on as the delegates and mayors began to forge lasting friendships.

The enthusiasm for this program has been overwhelming, with the vast majority of communities making their adopted team a focus of their Games-time activities.

Overall, communities are preparing to show support for their adopted nations by hosting welcoming ceremonies for athletes, establishing pen-pal programs between schools and organising displays of dance, film or music.

Find out what nation your municipality has adopted by clicking here.

Find out what activities are planned in your area by contacting your local council.

For further information on the Adopt a Second Team initiative, including some examples of how some councils are celebrating their Adopted Second Team, please vist the official OCGC website.

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We are please to announce our recent collaboration with Cultural Infusion, a non-profit organisation that delivers culturally diverse educational and community-based programs across Australia. The Cultural Infusion programs include artists who can conduct authentic performances in the traditions of 62 of the 72 Commonwealth countries that will participate in the Melbourne Games. The program also has a significant representation of Indigenous artists.

During the first Semester of 2005, the Cultural Infusion School program reached 245,905 students across Australia, having conducted over 1,500 performances. With educational resource notes available to accompany many performers, and multi-disciplinary interactive workshops by experienced, culturally diverse performers who can visit your school, Cultural Infusion can augment your school's studies of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, across many areas of the curriculum.

For further information, visit the Cultural Infusion website.