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Labour of Love - My Culminating Activity Facilitation Project - By Jamby Fajardo

Now, you might be thinking, "What's so special about Labour Day?" Well, let me tell you, it's not just another day off from classes; it's a day with a whole lot of history behind it.

So, what's the deal? Labour Day is all about celebrating the eight-hour working day. Back in the day, our forefathers (and mothers) realized that we're not robots – we can't work 24/7. So, they said, "Hey, each day should have eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for having a blast!"

Fast forward to 18th October 2023, and we find ourselves at Potters Park in Mt Eden, ready to keep this tradition alive. And guess what? I was lucky enough to be the one facilitating the whole shindig as my Culminating Activity with the DTCH Students.

Now, it's worth noting that Mother Nature wasn't exactly in the mood for a sunny celebration that day – it was a rainy one. But you know what they say, "When life gives you rain, put on your raincoat and dance in the puddles!" So, we didn't let the weather dampen our spirits.

We had a blast, guys! We played games, laughed, and made memories that will last a lifetime. And let me give a shout-out to my amazing classmates and mentors. They were there, rain or shine, helping me every step of the way. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?

The best part was the smiles on our faces. We showed that we're a bunch of resilient, fun-loving students who can bring our own sunshine, no matter the weather. Rain? Who cares! We made that Labour Day memorable, and that's what life is all about, my friends.

So, as I am about to step into the big, wide world after this last hoorah in my programme, I will truly remember the essence of Labour Day. It's not just about work; it's about balance, leisure, and making the most of every moment, rain or shine. We're the future, and we've got the spirit to tackle whatever comes our way.

But before I sign off, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to the mentors who guided me, the classmates who became friends and turned into family. You've been my constant support, my partners in laughter, and my strength through it all. Without you, this journey wouldn't have been half as fun or as fulfilling.

I am very thankful about this programme. This journey really changed my life. I came into the programme without any idea what Diversional and Recreational therapy is, and I am now coming out ready to change the world one life at a time. Thank you to everyone. You have changed me for the better. To all aspiring students who are at the beginning of their journey, I want to say this – keep on. It's all worth it! It may seem tough at times, and you might question if you're on the right path, but trust me, the transformation and knowledge you gain along the way are priceless. You're embarking on a journey that will shape you in unimaginable ways, just like it did for me. Your adventure is just beginning, and it's going to be incredible!

So, let's go out there, chase our dreams, and continue being the sunshine in our own lives and the lives of those around us. Here's to a bright, sunny future, even on the rainiest of days! And to my mentors, classmates, and friends-turned-family – you're the real MVPs! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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