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