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Inaugural World Bee Day at the Embassy of Slovenia, 20 May 2018

One of the most significant objectives of World Bee Day is to raise awareness and develop an appreciation of bees among all nations across the world. The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees; that means every third spoonful of food depends on pollination. It is very important for people to realise that everyone can help improve the conditions for the survival of bees and other pollinators to the best of their abilities. This does not require any major steps; what counts is each and every action.

Celebration at Slovenian Embassy started with ‘Welcome to Country’ delivered by Ngambri custodian Paul House.

After his performance on didgeridoo Slovenian Ambassador Helena Drnovšek Zorko greeted the diplomatic community and other visitors among which were also Adrian Vatovec, Slovenian Honorary Consul for South Australia, and Slovenian beekeepers from Melbourne that travelled to Canberra especially for this occasion.

Shane Rattenbury MLA; Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability addressed the public and launched the 'Love Food? Love Bees!' Introduction to Food Security school curriculum.

Cormac Farrell, Ex-President of the ACT Beekeepers Association delivered a very important speech about the importance of bees.

First World Bee Day in Australia was officially launched by Mick Gentleman MLA; Minister for the Environment and Heritage, at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra.

Two local organisations and a local business have been continuously supporting World Bee Day projects in Australia and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for helping our Embassy in implementing this Slovenian sustainability initiative in Australia. People standing behind them are Carmen Pearce-Brown from Canberra Urban Honey, Cormac Farrell from ACT Beekeepers Association and Julie Armstrong from ACT for Bees.

Inaugural World Bee Day event at the Embassy of Slovenia was also proudly supported by Capital Region Farmers Market, Select Structures, Natura Homes and Intelligent Energy Solutions.



Family friendly activities were happening simultaneously until 1 pm and this is where our World Bee Day assistants/volunteers played an important role. Ana Janša Kralj, Kristina McAnulty, Jennifer and Josh Seyderhelm, Metka and Nina Kosec, John, Bunnings and ACT for Bees volunteers did an amazing job and we are grateful for their time donation and help with:
- Honey Breakfast (honey donated by Canberra UrbanHoney, ACT Beekeepers Association, Capilano, Meluka Honey Australia, Mademoiselle Bee, Amber Hill Honey, Adelaide Bee Sanctuary, Honey Delight Canberra and Aurecon, bread donated by Three Mills Bakery)
- Honey jarring (honey donated by Canberra Urban Honey)
- Potting of bee friendly (plants donated by Bunnings)
- 'Be a bee and pollinate an apple tree' (ACT for Bees)
- Talks about simple steps we can all do to take care of pollinators in our gardens and schools (ACT for Bees)
- Face painting
- Kids crafting and drawing