Funds raised to­wards fun idea

FUN­PARK COULD BE­COME AN AN­NUAL EVENT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

FUN­PARK will re­turn to Bid­will on the back of strong sup­port fol­low­ing con­tro­ver­sial SBS doc­u­men­tary Strug­gle Street.

Inspired to coun­ter­act the neg­a­tive at­tack on Mt Druitt, artist Karen Therese, who grew up in the area, started a crowd fund­ing pro­gram to bring the arts pro- gram back to the com­mu­nity. At 10.30am yesterday, 80 peo­ple had con­trib­uted money to raise a to­tal of $5195 to­wards the cause.

FUN­PARK, which was launched in Mt Druitt as part of the 2014 Syd­ney Fes­ti­val, will re­turn on July 19 from 3-7pm in Bid­will Square and, with sup­port from Black­town Arts Coun­cil, it could be­come an an­nual event.

Ms Therese said the orig­i­nal event at­tracted more than 2000 peo­ple and in­volved more than 25 artists, 300 com­mu­nity mem- bers, and nine com­mu­nity and hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions join­ing forces for a vi­brant cel­e­bra­tion.

“Don’t let the neg­a­tiv­ity of one show bring you down,” Ms Therese said.

“Let’s coun­ter­act it with pos­i­tiv­ity, there are re­ally great peo­ple liv­ing in Mt Druitt and they de­serve the op­por­tu­nity to be inspired.”

Learn­ing Ground’s Deb­bie Hig­gi­son said she sup­ported bring­ing FUN­PARK back. “It didn’t have the im­pact we had hoped be­cause peo­ple are tired of the fly-by-nighters … but the fact it has a long-term plan to make it an an­nual event in years to come, I think will re­ally help,” she said.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Karen Therese is ex­cited to be bring­ing back FUN­PARK to Bid­will next month.

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