Re­mem­ber­ing Sam

North Coast Weekender - - News - Laura Pond

THE rock-hid­ing craze has taken a poignant turn thanks to the car­ing ges­ture of a Maranga­roo mother.

Ni­cole Bid­good joined the NOR (north of the river) Rocks Face­book group, where mem­bers paint, hide and find rocks in var­i­ous parks with their chil­dren.

She has cre­ated a special rock to hide at the War­radale Park play­ground in Lands­dale in honour of tod­dler Sam Trott, who died at the park in 2014.

“So many kids go to that play­ground not know­ing, so it’s an­other way to re­mem­ber him,” she said.

Chil­dren are encouraged to colour in a puz­zle piece on Sam’s rock and hide it again, and Ms Bid­good said she would re­place it with a new rock once com­pleted.

Sam’s mother Lyn­dal Trott was over­whelmed at the ges­ture.

“It is so heart­warm­ing that peo­ple still think of Sam and con­tinue to keep his mem­ory alive amongst our won­der­ful com­mu­nity,” she said.

“See­ing the joy on chil­dren’s faces when they find Sam’s rock is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful.”

There is an event this Sun­day from 10am at the park, where chil­dren can find rocks with their name on it.

Cr Hugh Nguyen will host and has do­nated prizes. Par­ents can en­ter their child’s name via the NOR Rocks page by June 30.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470862

Eli Cooke, Hugh Nguyen with Halle Col­lum, Ni­cole Bid­good and Rosanne Parker with Elanore Bu­zloich and Ja­cob Bu­zloich.

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