Mak­ing the fes­tive sea­son in­clu­sive

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

IT’S Van­tage Homes fifth an­nual Tree­house Christ­mas Party - an in­clu­sive event for the com­mu­nity, de­signed to bring fam­i­lies liv­ing with autism or another dis­abil­ity to­gether to cel­e­brate the spirit of Christ­mas.

Ini­tially be­gun by STEPS Autism Tree­house the event has grown to be an all-in­clu­sive event fundrais­ing to cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies liv­ing with autism.

All funds raised will go to­wards pro­vid­ing pro­grams, re­sources, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial events.

The party will be full of fun ac­tiv­i­ties with rides, wa­ter slides, sen­sory tent, petting zoo and face paint­ing.

Santa Claus will also make a spe­cial ap­pear­ance and in true fash­ion he’ll be gift­ing ev­ery child a present.

STEPS char­ity man­ager Angela Har­ri­son is grate­ful for the com­mu­nity’s sup­port and said fundrais­ing is im­por­tant at this time of year. “The fes­tive sea­son is a very busy one and of­ten at­tend­ing com­mu­nity events to­gether for some fam­i­lies is chal­leng­ing, whether due to in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity or the over-stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment of crowds, lights and noise.

“This event brings fam­i­lies to­gether and en­ables young peo­ple of all abil­i­ties to en­joy a fun day of all-in­clu­sive ac­tiv­i­ties suit­able for a range of ages and needs – it’s a re­ally joy­ous day out for ev­ery­one,” she said.

Van­tage Homes are in­volved for the third year and it’s one of the com­pany’s favourite events to sup­port ac­cord­ing to Van­tage Homes di­rec­tor Glenn Carmichael.

“We are con­fi­dent that this year is go­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever and I am sure there will be a big turn out,” said Mr Carmichael.

The event starts at 9am on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 at Field 1 of the Kawana Sports Precinct off Nick­lin Way.

En­try is $10 per per­son and chil­dren un­der 3 are wel­come to join in for free.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MERRY: Vol­un­teer Bell bright­ens the day with her in­fec­tious smile.

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