Cen­tre cel­e­brates

The Tatura Guardian - - People -

Tatura Chil­dren’s Cen­tre has come a long way since open­ing as a 30-place Com­mu­nity Child­care cen­tre in 1997, cel­e­brat­ing its 21st birth­day this month.

The cen­tre was opened to the com­mu­nity on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, with­more than 200 peo­ple com­ing through for a look, and pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ees, fam­i­lies, and com­mit­tee mem­bers en­joy­ing an open walk around the in­door and out­door ar­eas.

Tatura Chil­dren’s Cen­tre di­rec­tor Sheree Carver said she was over­whelmed with the com­mu­nity sup­port for the cen­tre that had evolved into a 103-place fa­cil­ity with 30 em­ploy­ees.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing we do we do for the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Tatura, so to see many peo­ple take the time to come along and en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties as a com­mu­nity was amaz­ing,’’ Ms Carver said.

The cen­tre had face painters, a jump­ing cas­tle, and the Tatura Lions Club cook­ing more than 400 sausages for the event.

‘‘It was won­der­ful to be able to in­volve the Lions Club. They re­ally do an amaz­ing job on the night and we thank them for their help,’’ Ms Carver said.

The cen­tre’s first di­rec­tor Wendy Conidi of­fi­ci­ated at the evening along with the cen­tre’s cur­rent pres­i­dent Josh Hud­son.

‘‘It was great to see the Tatura com­mu­nity com­ing out in force and sup­port­ing Tatura Chil­dren’s Cen­tre,’’ Mr Hud­son said.

Ms Carver said with six em­ploy­ees re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion for more than 15 years of ser­vice, the cen­tre en­joyed putting on a night for the com­mu­nity to recog­nise and high­light the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of the cen­tre.

Proud: Tatura Chil­dren’s Cen­tre’s first di­rec­tor Wendy Conidi and in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for North­ern Vic­to­ria Josh Hud­son cut the birth­day cake.

Ap­pre­ci­ated: Tatura Lions Club mem­bers vol­un­teered their time to cook more than 400 sausages for the event.

Sweet sis­ters: Char­lotte and Lily Tuhan en­joy get­ting their faces painted.

Fun for all: More than 200 peo­ple en­joyed the fes­tiv­i­ties.

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