25 YEARS OF PROVIDING A CRACKING CHRISTMAS
Free event the 25th for festive organisation
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.
FAMILY TIME: Tina, Caoimhe, Rory and Brian Lynch at the Special Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday.