First fes­ti­val a big win­ner

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

THE rides twirled, the sausages siz­zled and a wide va­ri­ety of games kept rev­ellers en­ter­tained at the First Fes­ti­val of Hope.

The Mt Druitt PCYC fes­ti­val pro­vided great fam­ily fun at its Shalvey base on Satur­day.

The event’s prof­its will go to­wards the on­go­ing costs of the cen­tre’s var­i­ous out­reach pro­grams, in­clud­ing a hub ded­i­cated to men­tal health, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and other sup­port ser­vices.

PCYC man­ager Lance Chaloner said the event proved a suc­cess­ful fundraiser and would def­i­nitely re­turn next year.

“Some were put off by the weather but over­all it was a great day,” he said.

“It is the first time we have done some­thing like this and we have learnt a lot.”

Mr Chaloner praised the en­thu­si­asm of Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic and Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali.

“They both spoke very gen­uinely, which means a lot to ev­ery­one in­volved in putting this to­gether,” he said.

“They get what we are try­ing to achieve and sup­port it.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Ley­lani Tunoho, 6, of Ropes Cross­ing, en­joys a ride at the Fes­ti­val of Hope.

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