Events in life can sometimes change and this I found when I returned from the UK to discover that the plans for the Bariş Park Christmas event had been changed from a three day event to great one day event on Saturday 17th December.
On Friday morning prior to the event I visited the park and found large groups of Belediye workers hard at work laying blocks, tarmac and plants etc to the rear of the park in the area of the preserved olive trees and where the children's train would be running. On Saturday this train was proudly carrying many happy children around the new park section.
Mehmet Ali, the project manager told me it had been hard work preparing the park for this event but they had met their objectives and he and his team were delighted with the result they had achieved.
One of my other early encounters at the park was Hal Crompton, one of the expat event co-ordinators and he told me they were very pleased with the turnout for this year's event with the arrival of two Russian groups, one of whom were fund raising for the refurbishment of St George the Victorious in Alsancak as a community centre for the Eastern European community. The other Russian group had come to the event to raise funds for a Russian Language Children's Library.
He also told me there was an African Christian Fellowship group also at the event which helped to make it a very comprehensive day with all of the other ethnic groups coming together to enjoy the season of goodwill.
He told me some of the expat charities or organisations that were here last year have not returned this year but felt sure that they will return next year when the event will be even bigger and more impressive.
Looking around the stalls I saw the Royal British Legion Kyrenia Branch, SOS Children's Villages, KAR and Cheshire Homes. Also walking around the park was Sue Tilt and Mickey Mouse selling raffle tickets and entertaining the children on behalf of Help Those With Cancer Association - Tulips and it was sad that more charities were not represented at this seasonal gathering.