Drop-in cen­tre for lo­cal kids

Central and North Burnett Times - - SES WEEK 2012 -

KIDS throughout the Mun­dub­bera re­gion will be flock­ing to stop at the Drop-In these sum­mer hol­i­days.

En­thu­si­as­tic mem­bers of the community have banded to­gether to cre­ate the Mun­dub­bera Drop-In, which will open on De­cem­ber 15.

The Mun­dub­bera Drop-In will be launched with a free bar­be­cue, sports and games and will run un­til school re­sumes in Jan­uary.

The youth pro­gram is the first of its kind in the town and will al­low kids to play games, watch movies and play sport, as well as ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in a safe, fun and free en­vi­ron­ment at Archer Park.

Or­gan­iser David Maynard said the cen­tre had been needed in the town for a long time.

“Any­time of the day or the week­end, you can see kids just hang­ing around down­town do­ing noth­ing,” he said.

“When they have noth­ing to do they get bored and end up get­ting in trou­ble.

“We want to try and stop as much crime and bore­dom for the kids in town.”

Mr Maynard said chil­dren mis­be­haved when they had no ac­tiv­i­ties to do out­side of school and the drop-in would help fix that prob­lem.

“There’s noth­ing for them to do, if we can get them play­ing footy, cricket and so­cial­is­ing, it’d be great for them.

“Mun­dub­bera Bak­ery will be do­nat­ing cakes too.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties will be avail­able to chil­dren aged be­tween five and 17, and will in­clude touch football, movie nights, pool, ta­ble tennis, healthy eat­ing pro­grams and more.

But Mr Maynard needs more adults to of­fer their time to help su­per­vise.

“I still need more adults, be­cause the ra­tio will be 12 kids to one adult with a blue card,” he said.

“To ro­tate the days, we need as many blue card hold­ers as we can get to help make this town a bet­ter place for kids.”

Mr Maynard said the in­ter­est had been over­whelm­ing.

“In just one day, I had over 100 peo­ple on Face­book who have signed on to say it is a wor­thy cause,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one I have spo­ken to has said how it is needed in the town and it’s proof that when we get this up and run­ning, it will help the town.”

■ If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing part of the Mun­dub­bera Drop-In these school hol­i­days and you have a blue card contact 0487 933 942.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

DAD, CANWEGOCAMPING? Lit­tle Toby at Mun­dub­bera Parts and Tools wants to try out all the new camp­ing gear when his mum and dad, Ellen and John Rogers take their an­nual week’s hol­i­day over Christ­mas. Come in and check out all their great gift ideas.

Photo: Jor­dan Philp

GAMEON: Mun­dub­bera Drop-In or­gan­is­erDavidMay­nardis ap­peal­ing to adults with­blue cards to help dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days youth pro­gram.

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