Fun for the whole family
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