The South Coast Communities for Children Program held their annual play and picnic day at Shellharbour Civic Centre. It is part of KidsFest Shellharbour, which is the longest-running free weeklong festival for children, families, and carers in NSW. The theme this year was Planting Seeds of Diversity and Delight.
We established Paint Shellharbour REaD in 2016 as part of our funded programs, and since then have celebrated our mascot Bangu’s (a Flying Fox) birthday every year, at the picnic, to promote the importance of singing, reading and rhyming every day. There was incredible support from our Community Partners, other external organisations and our own Kidstime and Family Support teams in providing various stalls which included, face painting, art and craft, ball games, music making, food, play, nature and transition to school activities.
Bangu had some special birthday visitors which included Billy Backpack and Bright Sparks. The children all sang Happy Birthday and shared in the delight of Bangu’s birthday cake.
Each child received a gorgeous Communities for Children Bag which had a story book and other goodies. Our Community Partners received a badge and lanyard. In all, it was an amazing day.