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SCNSW January Newsflash


Wednesday, 1 January 2020


We wish our members and friends E guets neus Jahr!

Horn sled races (Horämänel-Rennen in Deutsch) have a long tradition in the Alpine regions of Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

In the month of January and February, various races are held around Switzerland, notably in Alpine regions of Graubünden, Glarus and the Bernese Oberland. Daring teams of two and more (women and men) descend at breakneck speed of up to 90 km/h and compete fiercely for the first place. Accidents are prone to happen, and daredevil maneuvers and crashes are part of the fun. Of course, one always hopes for a good outcome. On a lighter note, less adventurous participants entertain the crowd by dressing up in festive and amusing costumes instead (pictured above).

Originally, the horn sled was an important working tool for farmers, an indispensable winter vehicle to transport hay from higher elevations to the main farm in the valley. Or even haul lumber out of the woods. To drive a horn sled safely, it needed some good skills. It was actually quite dangerous if a farmer could not control the speed. Accidents happened. But it was a working device until the late 1950's.

Today hay is transported by tractors during the summer season, and horn sleds got a new lease on life as sports equipment. The sled takes its name from the runners, reminiscent of horns.

Fans and spectators cheer the participants and are in for a fun and entertaining day. At the end, there is always a party with plenty of food, drinks and folk music.

Upcoming Swiss Events in Sydney:

  • CR: Brunch and Pétanque at Ballast Point Park on Sun 2 Feb from 11:00.
  • SCNSW: Free Swiss BBQ at Bronte Park on Sun 8 Mar from 11:00.
  • SCCS: Luncheon Concert at Town Hall on Fri 13 Mar from 12:00.

Event: Brunch and Pétanque with Cercle Romand Sydney

The Cercle Romand Sydney have kindly extended an invitation to SCNSW members to their wonderful Brunch and Pétanque event. This will be the first Swiss event in Sydney for 2020 and we welcome everyone―young and old, singles or families―to join in the fun and support your Swiss community.

The Cercle Romand will offer champagne, croissants, cheese, bread and orange juice. You will need to bring chairs, plates and cutlery, glasses/cups and also a small dish of your choice to share. We encourage everyone to avoid using disposable tableware. This will help reduce the amount of waste we generate on the day. We thank you for your support.

Brunch will start from 11:00, and the tournament begins at 11.30. The cost is $5.00 per person (players and non-players). The Swiss flag will show you the exact location. No need to enrol, just turn up and come to enjoy the day with us!

First prize is a free invitation to the Cercle Romand end-of-year dinner on 7 December 2020. The names of the winners will be engraved on the Romand's perpetual 'Paul Lambert' trophy. More information is available here.

When: Sunday, 2 February 2020 from 11:00.
Where: Ballast Point Park, Ballast Point Road, Birchgrove NSW 2041.
Cost: $5.00 per person (players and non-players)
RSVP: None required, simply turn up on the day. In case of bad weather call Anne on 0422 105 639 in the morning.

Past Event: Children's Samichlaus

Schöni Wiehnachte! On Sunday, 8 December 2019, Samichlaus and Schmutzli made a cheerful visit to 45 Swiss children and their families at the Robson Park in Haberfield. Robson Park provided a secluded, little spot for our event, situated under large canopying trees and facing The Bay Run along Parramtta River. The children had the whole playground to themselves while parents set up a picnic and mingled. We had perfect, sunny weather with a cool breeze on the day.

The SCNSW provided a Swiss BBQ with wienerli, bratwurst, cervalat and fleischkäse with salad and bread. Every child also received a juice popper for lunch.

While the children waited for Samichlaus, they were entertained with an arts and craft table. The children decorated gingerbread men with sprinkles, chocolate and icing. Some also crafted a Samichlaus face using felt, paddle pop sticks and other materials.

Samichlaus and Schmutzli made a spectacular entrance on a dirt motorbike and made their way through the eagerly awaiting crowd to sit at by the outdoor Christmas tree. Schmutzli was carrying his broom made of creepy branches and a large sack with bells full of presents. Samichlaus read  a personal message to the children from his Golden-Buch and presented them with a Claus-säckli. Inside the säckli were chocolates, biscuits an apple and mandarin and other Swiss goodies.

We would like to thank our sponsors and those who kindly made donations for the säckli: Lindt & Sprungli Australia for donating Lindor Chocolate Balls, and Dalya Australia for donating the Christmas biscuits.

We would also like to thank all the families who attended the event. We hope you and your children had a wonderful and memorable experience meeting Samichlaus and Schmutzli, and enjoy their Claus-säckli. We also sincerely thank Pierre Pesenti again for volunteering to be a joyful Samichlaus on the day. Lastly, we would like to thank the SCNSW committee members who helped leading up to the event and on the day―your time and effort makes events like these not only successful, but also possible.

Thank you to everyone who attended and for supporting your Swiss community. We hope you had a wonderful day. For more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page and website.

Past Event: Members Christmas Party

On Monday, 16 December, we organised the last Swiss Club outing for 2019—an Usplampete with approximately 50 of our members and friends at the Royal Hotel Leichhardt. The evening began with a meet and greet over aperitif at the top level of the Royal. The Swiss Club offered fresh peanuts and festive banana cake for pre-dinner snacks. After dinner everyone received a Christmas säckli filled with chocolate and biscuits as a parting gift from the Swiss Club. Some members stayed back and played a few games of Jass.

We would like to thank the Royal for hosting us for the evening and all our members and friends for your support throughout 2019! We look forward to seeing you again in 2020.

Thank you to everyone who attended and for supporting your Swiss community. We hope you had a wonderful evening. For more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page and website.

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For a material that’s so intrinsic to the way we live, recycling plastics is surprisingly difficult, and still seems to be a riddle in Switzerland. As waste management is in each canton or commune’s hands, and since there aren’t many suitable sorting facilities in the country, many plastics rarely have a chance to be recycled. Instead, today most of it is burnt along with regular waste, generating energy to supply Swiss households with electricity and heating. 

Changing our habits to consume less of this material might help to solve the riddle, but in order to make plastics more recyclable from the outset, a fundamental shift in production is needed, something that’s outlined in what experts call the ‘vital recycling chain’.  SRF/swissinfo.ch.
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