Gig Buddies in Australia – Day 2
Today we managed to get in a bit of site-seeing, ride on a double-decker train, lunch in china town, a walk round Darling Harbour, hopped on the ferry to Circular Quay, and up through the botanic gardens to admire views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Before all that we had a meeting with the team behind the Gig Buddies Sydney launch night – all eager volunteers who are either people who use services at ACL or from their staff team. Their publicity machine is still going strong too and email were flying in as we met, including a phone call from the breakfast show on ABC’s Triple J program so we did an interview straight over the phone there and then (Triple J is huge – a youth network a bit like Radio 1 in the UK but more underground music).
There’s a real sense that tomorrow’s gig is going to be a big deal for a lot of people, not just for the team behind Gig Buddies Sydney but will also be the first time a lot of people with learning disabilities will get to see a live band.
There may also be a TV appearance next week – Andrew’s pretty excited at the thought of that.
After the meeting we got back in to being tourists and set off back down to the Opera House for some early evening drinks before heading off to the St George’s Open Air Cinema – a quite spectacular place. The screen is set in the harbour with views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House behind whilst fruit bats fly across in the front of the screen. What a wonderful day.
Here’s a link too to the Gig Buddies Sydney blog which refers to us as ‘Gig Buddies royalty’ – nice!