Taking a run at safety
Fun costumed capers kick off Child Protection Week at Charleville
RUNNING: The sun rose over an array of bright and wonderful costumes on Sunday morning as families dressed as their favourite characters and gathered at Graham Andrews Park ready for an early morning jog.
The fancy dress fun run and family day was organised by the Charleville District Crime Prevention group to welcome in Child Protection Week and consisted of 1km, 3km and 6km runs open to all ages.
Charleville community and school groups banded together to provide food stalls, face painting and water stations for the event, with the best dressed and top runners taking home prizes for their efforts.
The Lions club in Charleville also provided a bouncy castle for the children to enjoy.
More than 100 people arrived at the park for the 9.30am call time, many participating in the 1km run with their costumes on display.
Police district crime prevention co-ordinator Sarah Grayson said the event was a great opportunity for the community to have some fun while learning about child safety.
“It was really good to see so many families and groups of friends who came out to the run to give it a go. Most of them weren’t in it for the competitive aspect but more just to have some fun and mingle with other members,” Ms Grayson said.
“It was also awesome to see the community come together for this event. We had high school students doing the face painting and supporters from the local school, NDIS and natural resource department in attendance.”
After the races were run, competitors and spectators tucked into a barbecue lunch, with bread provided by Heinemanns bakery.
Jaycob O’Toole and Alison Caset won the prizes for best fancy dress, as Spider-Man and Where’s Wally respectively, with the prize for best family spirit awarded to the Schmidt family.
For the running, Shane and Jenny Peacock won the 6km fastest male and female, Hugo Schmidt and Juliet Schmidt the fastest male and female in the 3km, and Natasha Taylor took top honours in the 1km fun run.
Jaycob O’Toole won the high school 3km race and Ned Schmidt the primary.
AND THEY’RE OFF: Children start off the 1km fun run with a bang, sprinting down the park in full costume.