In the volunteer world at St Judes – those who served their time get to put their hand on the Helping Hands Wall. It is a lovely ceremony filled with laughs and tears, speeches and stories, and can be as sentimental or as quick as you want.

 

 

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The school also gives you a gift, and a card signed by the other volunteers.

I personally think it’s a lovely tradition.

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For mine: Helen kicked it off with a song she wrote, using the tune of “Tra-La-La: Banana Splits” (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Banana+Splits+Song&mid=B4FBAF5699619D5F1E6FB4FBAF5699619D5F1E6F&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1)

“Hana Splits”

One Hana, Two Hanas, Three Hanas, Four

Four Hanas make a bunch, We don’t need any more

Exhausting with her energy, always on the go

Dinner at 10pm, Why’s her cooking so slow?

Cleaning up the mess made by Hana,

Cleaning up the mess made by Hana,

Cleaning up the mess made by Hana!

Tra la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

One Hana, Two Hanas, Three Hanas, Four

Hiking with her everywhere,

It put me on the floor.

Dancing round the kichen

Singing all her words,

Sometimes she’s very loud

And drowning out the the birds.

Cleaning up the mess made by Hana, Cleaning up the mess made by Hana, Cleaning up the mess made by Hana!

Tra la la, la la la, la la la, la la la

One Hana, Two Hanas, Three Hanas, Four

Watching Hana learn how to cook

It made my brain sore;

Weird combinations, adding vegemite

Now she’s an expert, improving out of site

Cleaning up the mess made by Hana (X3) Tra la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la

One Hana, 2 Hanas, 3 Hanas, 4

What she’s done with students, She’s opened up the door;

Giving them confidence, Leadership, Ideas;

Running out of Usa, They haven’t any fears.

Try your best, says our Miss Hana! Try your best, says our Miss Hana! Try your best says our Miss Hana! Tra la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la

One Hana, Two Hanas, 3 Hanas, Four,

Having her around the place, It hasn’t been a bore.

Livens up any party, often on the town;

Live life to the fullest, she’s never backing down.

What will we do without Hana? What will we do without Hana? What will we do without Hana?! Tra la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la …

I LOVE YOU HELEN! THANK YOU FOR THIS SONG.

She helped me paint my hand multi-colored:

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BOOM – on the wall:

 

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The wall is now full of many of our hands.What a beautiful 16th month journey – looking at this picture (taken by Jane) reminds of the amazing people I have met along the way.

In June we only had one hand on this wall. Sarah. By April of 2013 this is now what it looks like.

You all are unforgettable.

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About hanakojustice

I want to experience the world, in all aspects from food to travel to friends and awkward experiences, through writing and comedy and art - appreciating nature, and trying to be healthy; inspiring individuals, and motivating - and most importantly: Living in the Present.

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