Cel­e­brat­ing the South Waikato’s kids

South Waikato News - - Mo­tor­ing - LUKE KIRKEBY

Of­ten we get so caught up in our busy lives that we for­get to stop and trea­sure our tamariki.

On Sun­day, March 5 the South Waikato Com­mu­nity Col­lec­tive, made up of var­i­ous so­cial ser­vices, coun­cil, and com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions, is of­fer­ing lo­cals the chance to cel­e­brate the gift of chil­dren dur­ing its an­nual Chil­dren’s Day fes­ti­val.

This year the fes­ti­val, which is be­ing held at the Toko­roa Cricket Club in Mos­sop Rd from 10am un­til 2pm, has a Dis­ney theme and chil­dren are be­ing en­cour­aged to dress up as their favourite char­ac­ters.

There will be free fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as a slip­pery slide, bouncy castle, face paint­ing, photo booth, bik­ing, ori­en­teer­ing, colour­ing, bead mak­ing, tat­toos, crazy hair and prises up for grabs.

Child Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices’ Lia Daniels said the fes­ti­val has been run­ning since 2005 and has grown in pop­u­lar­ity each year.

‘‘It started from Child Youth and Fam­ily but a lot of other ser­vices and groups were run­ning their own Chil­dren’s Day cel­e­bra­tions so we thought why not bring them all to­gether,’’ she said.

‘‘When we started there were only three or four of us and we strug­gled but now we have more than 20 of us so it is much eas­ier and al­lows us to keep the cost­ing very small for each ser­vice.’’

‘‘It’s get­ting big­ger and bet­ter each year and is all about trea­sur­ing our chil­dren,’’ she said.

South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Com­mu­nity Ser­vices’ Sulita Po­varu-bourne said all chil­dren and their fam­i­lies were wel­come.

‘‘One of the best things about it is there has never been a charge for any of the ac­tiv­i­ties and food,’’ she said.

Of­fi­cials will be wear­ing bright pink vests and will be able to of­fer in­for­ma­tion about what they do if peo­ple want it.

Daniels said those who want to of­fer sup­port and do­na­tions can also ap­proach them.

The Ur­ban Con­nec­tor will be pick­ing up peo­ple from the Ti­rau at 9am at the I-SITE, in Pu­taruru out­side Count­down at 9.10am, and from the Toko­roa I-SITE at 9am and drop offs will start from 2pm.

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring pic­nics, bikes, hel­mets, wa­ter, um­brel­las, and chairs.

If it rains the event will be moved to the YMCA Sta­dium in Princess Beatrix Av.

LUKE KIRKEBY

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous South Waikato groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions get ready to cel­e­brate Chil­dren’s Day on Sun­day.

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