Open Day Fun

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On the 24th November, we threw open the doors of our Retreat. We welcomed in both the local community and supporters from much further afield. The Retreat is where our children are cared for pre and post-surgery. It s really the warm heart at the centre of what we do, and we are lucky to be able to share this amazing space.

The sun shone on us all day, so it was perfect weather for guests to enjoy the outdoor activities we had arranged. A wonderful hobby farm and the CFA fire truck were popular with the kids big and small. Thanks go to Broadford CFA, Captain Koala and Kim Payne from King Lake Rotary for arranging these activities. We were also happy to open the pool for use thanks to Kilmore Recreation Centre who supplied the lovely Harry to watch over the kids as they swam.

No sunny day in Australia is complete without a BBQ and, never wishing to disappoint, the trusty crew from the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell cooked up a storm. Those with a sweet tooth were not neglected as the volunteers and staff from the Retreat served Devonshire Teas to guests looking for a treat.

For those looking to explore their creative side we had face painting, Christmas decoration design and wooden animal painting. Many thanks to the ladies from Kiwanis Brighton Bayside and Jim Coustley for their artist inputs to the day.

Our hotly contested raffle helped us to raise much-needed funds. Thanks so much to Vuly Play Australia who generously donated our wonderful first prize of a trampoline! The lucky winner was very excited as a kid’s trampoline had been on the wishlist for Santa this year, so it was a perfect match. All the prizes in the raffle were donated, which is incredibly generous as it meant that fundraising was maximised. Although the focus of the day was not on raising funds, in excess of $1,500 was raised. Any donations we receive mean that more children can access the crucial medical care that they need.

The whole event was given some extra pizazz thanks to the fantastic Emmaus College band who treated us to music all afternoon. We were literally dancing away under the gum trees. It was quite a sight to see Captain Koala having a boogie on one side of the drive, Rotary sausages sizzling away on the other, and delighted kids patting and feeding animals in the paddock – what a true community scene.

Many thanks again to everyone involved in making our 2019 Open Day a wonderful occasion.

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