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A girl is sitting in her wheelchair smiling as Santa Claus kneels next to her.
29
Nov 2023

End-of-year family day fun

On Sunday 25 November, over 100 very special families joined us at our Malvern grounds for a joyful and fun end-of-year family day celebration.

The entertainment was endless with interactive stalls, fun activities and special guests to keep the kids captivated.

There was also an opportunity for parents and carers to visit our pop-up toy store and purchase discounted gifts for the holiday season, with all proceeds going back towards Very Special Kids services.

Navigating crowded shopping centres can be a difficult and stressful experience for families who have or have had a child with a life-limiting condition. Thankfully, the free-of-charge support from Heartfelt Photography also meant families can capture their Santa or family portraits in a safe and supportive environment.

Our Youth Advisory Group – Very Special Kids siblings aged between 14 to 25 – hosted a variety of ball games and fun activities for everyone to participate in. While the animal barn and reptile encounters were a firm favourite for the more adventurous kids!

Two images - children holding a snake at an animal farm, and two boys sitting in their wheelchairs smiling with two adults dressed in Christmas outfits.

The arrival of Santa was highly anticipated and, on a fire truck provided by the Glen Iris & Windsor teams from Fire Rescue Victoria, certainly didn’t disappoint. Children also welcomed a visit from Malvern Police Station.

The end-of-year family day would not have been possible without the support of our devoted volunteers who helped in the lead up and on the day. Special mention to our volunteer bakers who cooked up some sweet treats, as well as our artistic face painters who created festive designs!

We are so grateful to all our wonderful suppliers, many who gifted their services for the day or time, free-of-charge.


Categories: Family News, Very Special Kids News
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