Fun for the whole fam­ily

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Hor­sham Op­er­a­tion 19:14 com­mit­tee mem­bers will re­flect on the suc­cess of Sun­day’s ex­trav­a­ganza while plan­ning for fu­ture events.

More than 180 adult vol­un­teers and youth group mem­bers joined forces to pull off the large-scale free fam­ily-fun day for Wim­mera chil­dren.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Yolande Grosser said sup­port for this year’s event at Sawyer Park was out­stand­ing.

“It went so well. It was such a beau­ti­ful day,” she said. “We had more than 1400 chil­dren pick up goodie bags and we cooked every one of the thou­sand donuts and 1500 sausages we had.”

The Op­er­a­tion 19:14 com­mit­tee fea­tures mem­bers of Hor­sham’s com­bined churches. The unique out­reach event fo­cuses on ‘bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether to cel­e­brate God’s gift of chil­dren and fam­i­lies’.

Mrs Grosser said per­for­mances from re­gional en­ter­tain­ers was a high­light of the day.

“We had dancers from Ss Michael and John’s Pri­mary School, Hor­sham Pri­mary School’s singing and sign­ing choirs, and per­form­ers from Hor­sham Mu­sic Academy and Art Mat­ters’ Shake ’n’ Groove group,” she said.

“Peo­ple pulled up hay bales to watch them per­form. It was won­der­ful.”

The day also fea­tured a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, rides and at­trac­tions.

Mrs Grosser said the com­mit­tee would as­sess whether the event would re­turn in 2019.

“It is a mas­sive amount of work so we’ve got peo­ple who think it should be bi­en­nial, while oth­ers want to power ahead for next year,” she said.

“No de­ci­sions have been made at this stage. We’ll have a dis­cus­sion about it and de­cide at a later date.”

FAM­ILY FUN: Mak­ing the most of the many ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered at Op­er­a­tion 19:14 on Sun­day are, clock­wise from above, Is­abelle Samp­son; Olivia Joseph, Juhi Boby, Nathan Joseph, Eva Thomas, Ai­bel Thomas and Jewell Boby; Phoebe Whit­taker, Emily Clarke and Tegan Gross; and Emily Lis­ton.Pic­tures: PAUL CARRACHER

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