25 YEARS OF PRO­VID­ING A CRACK­ING CHRIST­MAS

Free event the 25th for fes­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - SAM FLANA­GAN sam.flana­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

HUN­DREDS of chil­dren with spe­cial needs and their fam­i­lies were granted an early pass to Christ­mas on Sun­day at the Coffs Har­bour Show­ground.

The Spe­cial Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party cel­e­brated its 25th year and left no stone un­turned to bring fes­tive joy to the North Coast.

Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, elves and Har­ley-David­sons all fea­tured in the ex­trav­a­ganza.

Food, drinks, presents, ac­tiv­i­ties, rides and en­ter­tain­ment were all free of charge for the day.

Or­gan­iser An­nemarie Hod­son said the event was as good as any previous.

“I think it was great, we had a lot of fam­i­lies join us for the first time this year,” Ms Hod­son said.

“It was a fab­u­lous suc­cess... We were get­ting lots of pos­i­tive feed­back from fam­i­lies.

“The lady at the gate said peo­ple were say­ing they loved ev­ery­thing.”

Ms Hod­son’s busi­ness, Spe­cial Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party, holds sim­i­lar events in Dar­win, Cairns, Townsville Mackay, Rock­hamp­ton and New­cas­tle.

“For me per­son­ally, it’s an hon­our and priv­i­lege that the fam­i­lies al­low us to share their chil­dren’s lives and we can al­low them to ex­pe­ri­ence a Christ­mas full of gen­eros­ity and love,” she said.

“For a small or­gan­i­sa­tion like us which flies un­der the radar, 25 years is pretty im­pres­sive.”

Money raised on the day through dona­tions went to Make-A-Wish Aus­tralia, which grants wishes to chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions.

Photo: Sam Flana­gan

FAM­ILY TIME: Tina, Caoimhe, Rory and Brian Lynch at the Spe­cial Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party on Sun­day.

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