AU – RRT at Special Children’s Xmas Party Launceston
On Saturday 12th November 2016, RRT were privileged to be invited to support the Special Children’s Christmas party held at the Silverdome in Launceston, Tasmania.
These parties have been held throughout Australia for over 20 years, and are also held in New Zealand. There are currently twenty Christmas Parties for Special Kids around the two countries. The children involved are aged from babies up to 12 years and may be experiencing different life challenges such as suffering from life threatening illnesses, physical or intellectual impairments, domestic violence, or living in underprivileged circumstances. The children are personally invited through charities, women’s refuges, schools, special schools, government and community organisations.
The Launceston event was organised by the Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania, with volunteers from many organisations lending a hand.
The main goal for the Special Children’s Parties is to put smiles on the children’s faces, and RRT Launceston were priviledged to witnessed this!
Children were treated to amusement rides, craft, a three hour stage show, and other activies along with free ice creams, drinks, lollies, fruit and lunch. RRT provided over 1000 attendees with a free lunch of barbecue sausages in bread.
One of the biggest highlights for the children was the Santa’s toy room. With over 5000 high quality toys available, each child was given the opportunity to choose two of the selection and receive these plus a show bag full of smaller goodies. These items were purchased with the help of generous donations from organisations, businesses and individuals throughout Tasmania. RRT volunteers in collaboration with members of the Make-a-wish foundation, assisted the kids in choosing their gifts.
It was very special to observe the genuine delight on these children’s faces as they made their way around the event participating in and enjoying all the fun activities.
We look forward to another opportunity for RRT in Australia and New Zealand to support this joyous event.