Fam­ily fun fo­cus for Op­er­a­tion 19:14

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY LOTTE REITER

The il­lus­tra­tions of a young Horsham cre­ative will fea­ture in a 14-day de­vo­tional as part of this years’ Op­er­a­tion 19:14 fam­ily-fun day on Sun­day.

The church-or­gan­ised event of­fers free ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment to Wim­mera fam­i­lies and chil­dren at Horsham’s Sawyer Park from noon to 4pm.

Horsham Col­lege year-11 stu­dent Nikita Deck­ert, com­plet­ing year-12 stu­dio arts, has vol­un­teered more than 16 hours and pro­duced 28 il­lus­tra­tions for a de­vo­tional that will be in­cluded in event show­bags.

The as­pir­ing artist said she was ex­cited at the op­por­tu­nity to share her pas­sion with her com­mu­nity.

“I wanted to do some­thing for younger chil­dren. I also wanted to be able to do some­thing for God,” she said.

“This is a way for me to put my art into that space and get it out there.

“It is a ca­reer-based in­ter­est as well as a hobby.”

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Yolande Grosser, who wrote the de­vo­tional book­let, said Nikita was an im­me­di­ate choice as an artist.

“She has four younger sib­lings so she knows what young chil­dren like, and her draw­ings are just amaz­ing,” she said.

“There will be 500 printed de­vo­tion­als that will be avail­able for ev­ery child who at­tends.

“They will be in a goodie bag that stuffed with snacks and in­for­ma­tion.”

Op­er­a­tion 19:14 is a pop­u­lar fam­ily event on

is also the Wim­mera cal­en­dar, mainly aimed at pri­mary school-aged stu­dents.

Mrs Grosser said this year’s event would in­volve about 200 vol­un­teers from church­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion.

She said there would be a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties run­ning for the whole fam­ily to en­joy.

“Op­er­a­tion 19:14 ran for six years, and then we had a Sab­bath, and it’s in its sec­ond year back this year,” she said.

“It’s a huge, free, fam­ily fun day with so many amaz­ing things on of­fer.

“There’ll be face-paint­ing and badge-mak­ing, hip-hop dance work­shops, five gi­ant in­flat­a­bles, the Sawyer Park minia­ture train will be op­er­at­ing and per­former Sean W Smith will be the main mu­sic stage show at 3pm.

“There are al­ways huge lines, so peo­ple are en­cour­aged to look around at what they think they’d most like to do and go straight for that first.”

Mrs Grosser said there would also be a sausage siz­zle, hot jam donuts, gin­ger­bread cook­ies and other food and drinks avail­able on the day.

Peo­ple can visit www.op­er­a­tion1914.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

“There’ll be face-paint­ing and badge­mak­ing, hip-hop dance work­shops, five gi­ant in­flat­a­bles, the Sawyer Park minia­ture train will be op­er­at­ing and per­former Sean W Smith will be the main mu­sic stage show at 3pm” – Yolande Grosser

YOUNG CRE­ATIVE: Horsham Col­lege year-11 stu­dent Nikita Deck­ert, cen­tre, has il­lus­trated a 14-day de­vo­tional that will be in­cluded in a goody bag for Op­er­a­tion 19:14. She is pic­tured with vol­un­teer and or­gan­is­ing mem­ber Yolande Grosser, left, and Wim­mera De­sign and Print’s Leah Dumesny ahead of the free fam­ily fun day at Horsham’s Sawyer Park on Sun­day from noon to 4pm. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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