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November 2014 News

Fun, challenges and celebration during Family Week

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
The kids tug-of-war at the Harlaxton Family Fun Day Photo: Provided

There was plenty to see and do during Family Week in late October, with family fun days, daily challenges and a city-wide combined service to wrap up what was a great week celebrating families.

Kicking off the week was the Harlaxton Family Fun day on Sunday October 19.

“From a community involvement and planning perspective it was definitely our best ever with so many local organisations and businesses getting involved,” said event organiser Tiffany Spary, from the base Youth Centre.

“We had more volunteers than ever before, all the set up was completed an hour before the event kicked off, giving us a chance to sit down and twiddle our thumbs for a while and enjoy what was going on around us.”

“We even heard one group of kids singing ‘We are going to Family Fun Day’ repetitively! It was so great to hear the excitement and expectation in their voices.”

No wonder there was so much excitement with so much to see and do for free on the day including a jumping castle, dance group, skate board coaching and demonstrations, Bunnings DIY projects, face painting, a barbeque, mums pamper tent, police display, and picnic games.

“The highlight for me this year was watching children participate in the skate boarding workshops put on by Drawing Boards. I saw kids ride a skate board or go down the ramp for the first time,” said Tiffany.

“It was so good to see the sense of achievement and pride the young people who participated got from the workshop and it was great to also hear and see many of their parents encouraging and cheering them on from the side line.”

For the first time, this year Family Week encouraged the community to participate in a daily challenge. Each day, families were challenged to do something special together.

Local radio station Voice FM took on the challenge. Breakfast Show announcers Damien Johnson and Dave Schenk made sure they kept up with each daily challenge.

“Listeners enjoyed the call we made to Dave’s Aunt on air and also our baby photos on Facebook,” said Damien.

One of the biggest events on the Family Week calender this year was the Westbrook Family Fun day, on Sunday October 26.

This gold coin community event had free rides, free music, interactive programs, skate competitions, interactive computer games, live animal area, facepainting, vendors, stalls, and information areas.

“Over 2500 visitors came through the day and filled the park with energy, and excitement,” said event organiser Clayton Rogers. “Some of Toowoomba’s best musicians entertained the stage and the excellent sound system supported by SBA Productions kept the visitors enthralled.”

“With numerous local and regional supporters, in kind donations, local clubs, and sporting groups involved in the day, we were able to contribute to the local economy and influence the community in a positive way.”

Wrapping up the week of celebrations was the combined churches City Celebration service at HumeRidge Church of Christ.

Over 700 people from many difference Churches turned up for the family service, and heard stories of what God has been doing in our region over the last year.

“I’m new to Toowoomba from Perth, and the service was awesome,” said resident Karoline Dawson. “I miss having Church like that.”

The combined churches City Celebration on Sunday October 26 was just that; a night of celebration as Christians from all over the region gathered together in combined worship.

MC for the night, Damien Johnson from Voice Fm interviewed a number of local Christians who have been involved in new initiatives that have had a big impact in our region.

“I was particularly encouraged by the way people responded to some of the more probing questions that were put to guests,” said Damien.

“To me this shows that the local Church is genuinely thinking deeply about what the true Christian message is and what the present day implications of the Gospel are”.

The initiatives featured on the night were City Women Grandparents, a new album by local singer songwriter Belinda Tigell, Ballistic and The Uprising combined youth, and Project X.

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