“People doing terrible things to other people—when will it ever stop? We have to join our hands together to end this.”
These were some of the words sung in perfect three-part harmony by performers, crew, staff and well-wishers who crowded the entrance of the VIP terminal at Bauerfield airport yesterday to welcome back Artistic Director and co-founder Peter Walker.
Everyone present worked hard to make a performance worthy of their boss and mentor. Musicians practised, lyric sheets were distributed, a banner painted and even a film crew stood by to capture the moment for posterity.
A lifetime devoted to giving to the community was rewarded with a heartwarming display of love and support.
Peter Walker has experienced some of the worst of human behaviour, but yesterday, he saw humanity at its best. We witness few moments of unalloyed good in our lives. Yesterday we did.
Mr Walker was viciously attacked a couple of weeks ago along with two visitors to his home in Lololima. He was flown to Brisbane to received treatment for a head injury. Consular assistance was provided by the Australian High Commission in Port Vila, and the speedy treatment no doubt contributed to him being cleared to travel earlier than many people had anticipated.
Peter Walker, his wife Jo Dorras and their family will spend time at home recovering before returning to work at Wan Smolbag.