- Published on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:00
- Written by Town Crier Report
Photo By: COURTESY OF DOROTHY DICKSON
Two groups of travelers have returned home after visiting Los Altos’ Sister City of Bendigo, Australia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the relationship.
In addition to Bendigo, Los Altos Sister Cities Inc. has forged unions with Rustington, England; Syktyvkar, Russia; and Shih-Lin, Taiwan. The nonprofit organization promotes global understanding and friendships.
Los Altos residents Dorothy Dickson, president of Los Altos Sister Cities, and her husband, Robin, visited Bendigo in March, and Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers completed a spring tour that ended with a weekend in the Australian city of nearly 100,000 residents.
While in Bendigo, Dickson presented Mayor Alec Sandner with a proclamation from Los Altos Mayor Val Carpenter celebrating the anniversary of the relationship.
Sandner noted the city’s growth over the past few years, declaring, “Bendigo is booming!”
The Dicksons stayed at the home of local residents during their four days in Bendigo. They visited local sites and toured a primary school and a high school.
Several residents of Bendigo visited Los Altos recently, including Peter Mundy, president of Bendigo Sister Cities. He presented a proclamation from Sandner congratulating Los Altos on its 60th anniversary of incorporation.
Jason Lee, principal of California Gully Primary School near Bendigo, and his family visited Santa Rita School and met with Principal Sandra McGonagle. They sealed an agreement of friendship between the schools, which will begin an “e-pal” relationship between fourth-grade classes.
Bendigo residents hosted members of the Main Street Singers, who performed two concerts in the city.
“They gave outstanding performances and were wonderful ambassadors of our city,” Dickson said.
One more visit to Bendigo is planned this summer – Magdalene Lim, a senior at Los Altos High School, will spend a few weeks at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Los Altos Sister Cities will sponsor Lim, who will be home-hosted by a family from Bendigo Sister Cities.
The Bendigo Youth Choir is scheduled to visit Los Altos July 1 as it travels in the U.S. to take part in several competitions. Dickson said Los Altos Sister Cities plans to host a late-afternoon concert.
For more information, visit www.losaltossistercities.com.