Sunday the 4th of October 2015 marked HFB-Perth’s first ever Point Rep Playoffs (PRPO) packing competition. Stemming from a rivalry between collection points Mirrabooka and Padbury (and point representatives Nicole and Nomaan, respectively), the showdown at Padbury’s Al Majid Mosque had been highly anticipated.
In the end, one team did emerge victorious but we’ll get to that later…or you can just scroll down and find out, but I live on the hopes that you are far more enticed by my rambling than just the result, right?
Saturday, 03 Oct 2015, 1500hrs – Wangara/Padbury
The day before the PRPO we had to count, separate and transport all of the food and equipment needed to ensure that the day ran as smoothly as possible (that is, that it ran at all. Without the food and equipment, well…I’m not sure packing competition charades would have gotten the crowd as riled up).
A mighty task undertaken by only four HFB team members, we all emerged expecting body-builder physiques due to the amount of lifting.
When we’d finally sorted everything, we loaded up all four of our cars and set off for Padbury. The sun had already begun to set so we broke for Maghrib before tucking everything away, ready to be set up the next day.
Sunday, 04 Oct 2015, 0730hrs – Padbury
The day had finally arrived. After months of planning, organising and meeting in hipster cafes (to discuss work of course and definitely not to take advantage of all-day breakfast menus), the Point Rep Playoffs were a reality.
Core HFB Perth team members met outside Padbury Mosque at 07:30am to set up, all dressed in varying (yet cohesive) shades of blue, all indulging in the delusion that we were well-rested. With kickoff at 09:30am, we had two hours to get the Padbury Mosque courtyard competition ready.
The dream had finally become a reality.
Soon enough, all team members had arrived and gathered with their captains to strategise. There were a few hiccups here and there, of course: Team Nicole had to make some last minute additions due to a couple of her team members being unable to make it – but this only made things interesting when some awesome ladies were poached and had to go up against their husbands! Nothing like a bit of betrayal first thing in the morning. 😉
Spectators arrived and both orange (Team Nicole) and green (Team Nomaan) ribbons were being waved as we skirted the edges of the kickoff.
Our lovely coordinator and MC, Maryam, opened the day and Br. Suleyman lead us in a short prayer.
Then it was GAME ON.
The teams were given a 10 minute bonus at one point in the competition in which almost every rule was thrown out the window (trash talk still had to be kept halal, though).
The hustle and bustle of competition made sure there was never a dull moment. The crowd cheered on their team and the teams kept their game faces strong, getting the job done to ensure that they came out on top.
As the teams were taping up their final boxes, the raucous crescendo of cheering built up, the excitement crackling in the air like electricity when one team finally burst into a victorious sprint up the steps of Padbury Mosque, declaring their win.
And that team was…
On an average packing day, it takes a group of volunteers about an hour and a half to two hours to pack 100 boxes. The Point Rep Playoffs saw the same people that generally partake in what is almost a two hour endeavour transform into superhuman’s as within thirty minutes, all boxes had been taped and ready to go.
In the end, the spirit of good sportsmanship and the genuine intent of helping others in our community was what made the day especially wonderful.
The HFB Family only grew bigger and stronger and we can’t even begin to express how grateful we are for everyone who contributed their time and effort in joining us at our first ever Point Rep Playoffs.
Until next time,
Salaams from the Halal Food Bank – Perth Team 🙂