Saturday, 5 October saw the ‘Young Swiss Citizen Celebration’ being held for the fourth time in Melbourne. 13 young Swiss who recently celebrated their 18th birthday, and thus became fully-fletched Swiss citizens, followed the invitation by the Hon. Consul, Manuela Erb, to a luncheon at the Swiss Club of Victoria. They were accompanied by families and friends.
The afternoon, which was co-hosted by the President of the Swiss Club, Markus Luethi and Member of the Council of the Swiss Abroad, Roland Isler, was not only to celebrate an important milestone for the young Swiss citizens, but also presented an opportunity to introduce them to the Swiss Club and the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) and provide them and their families with important information about Switzerland. Roland spoke of the training and education opportunities in Switzerland and encouraged them to explore the holiday and language programs for young people offered by the OSA.
The Swiss Club of Victoria gave each a complimentary 3-year club membership and Committee member Claude Staub spoke about growing up as a child of Swiss parents in Australia, and the importance of maintaining the connection with the Swiss heritage. The valuable information provided as well as the generous bag of Swiss goodies Manuela had prepared for everyone was well received.
The delicious catering, organised by Peter Erb, was simply superb and added greatly to the success of this afternoon. It was indeed an outstanding event where everyone was made to feel very special and proud of their Swiss heritage. Reaching out to recognise and celebrate the young adults in this way, was very much appreciated by them and their families and has undoubtedly made a positive and lasting impression.