Fun times for so­cial hous­ing chil­dren

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Azal Khan

CATCH­ING Poke­mons might be the cur­rent craze but there are some chil­dren who still en­joy some good old-fash­ioned fun.

Young res­i­dents of Mis­sion Aus­tralia hous­ing and Evolve Hous­ing prop­er­ties in Western Syd­ney were treated to a school hol­i­day fun day at Black­town In­ter­na­tional Sportspark, Rooty Hill, last Wed­nes­day.

“It was great to see the kids smil­ing and hav­ing fun,” Mis­sion Aus­tralia’s Stella Jean-Louis said.

Chil­dren took part in bub­ble soc­cer, a gi­ant tug-o-war, AFL and NRL work­shops, and cheer­lead­ing demon­stra­tions. GWS Gi­ants AFL play­ers met with their young fans. It is the third year the event has run.

Evolve Hous­ing CEO An­drea Galloway said: “For our res­i­dents, this will most likely be the only school hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity they at­tend.”

Mis­sion Aus­tralia owns and runs 1051 long-term so­cial and af­ford­able rental prop­er­ties across Western Syd­ney that pro­vide hous­ing for low- and mod­er­ate-in­come house­holds.

“Fam­i­lies who come to us need shel­ter and are dis­ad­van­taged in terms of in­come,” Ms Jean-Louis said. “Some­times they are af­fected by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and are seek­ing a new life.”

There were plenty of laughs at the hol­i­day fun day.

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