Monthly Archives: September 2014

Family fun at Gumbuya Park

Very Special Kids Gippsland and South East Melbourne families enjoyed an outing at Gumbuya Park in Tynong on Sunday 14 September.

It was a pleasant afternoon, with warm temperatures and blue skies. Families took time to relax and enjoy each other, and then came together for a grand afternoon feast.

The park offered something for everyone, from amusement rides to the native animal sanctuary, home to a variety of Australian wildlife. Young families took to the rides with joy on their faces as the wind rushed past, and glee as they approached the wildlife.

What a great day out!

Fiery footy debate raises $216,000

A contingent of high-profile football personalities engaged in a humorous and sometimes fiery debate that raised $216,000 for families of children with life-threatening conditions.

Hosted by Channel Seven’s Jim Wilson, the Footy Fever Debate entertained 500 guests in the MCC Members Dining Room and tacked the topic of “Should the AFL support charity clubs?” The debate kicked off the Finals Series with robust discussion about the AFL’s equalisation measures.

Former AFL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Demetriou, North Melbourne legend Wayne Carey, Channel Seven’s news breaker Mark Stevens showed their charitable side in support of the AFL continuing to provide financial support of the poorer clubs.

However, the crowd voted hands down to award the debate win to the Survival of the Fittest team, which comprised Essendon legend Tim Watson, Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley and musician and entertainer Greg Champion

The Footy Fever Debate is the signature event of the Very Special Kids Piggy Bank Appeal, which aims to raise over $1 million during September to care for children with life-threatening conditions. Merchandise purchases and donations can also be made by clicking here.