The recently established Newcastle Down Syndrome Support Group held a Family Fun Day at Speers Point ark on 15 March 2008 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.
Families came from as far south as Erina and north as Tea Gardens. It was wonderful to meet new families and make new friends.
The children had lots of fun having their faces painted, playing games including an egg & spoon race and tug of war - though I'm pretty sure there were some 'grown ups' who got involved in this game too! The Police cars were a big hit - with the kids getting to clamber around them and use the siren as much as they liked???? The cardboard police car money boxes were also a big hit and kept the grown ups busy figuring out how to put them together.
We would like to thank the following organisations for their support - NSW Police - Lake Macquarie Command, Crowne Plaza - Hunter Valley, Oaks Pacific Blue Resort - Salamander Bay, Moonshadow Cruises, The Good Guys, Rosie's School of Rock, Brian Kelly Holden, Coles - Toronto, Out of Town 4WD, Baker's Delight - Edgeworth, Joe's Meat Market and Reid's Quality Meats.
Our special thanks to Helen Gadd, at the University of Newcastle Early Intervention Centre for her ongoing assistance in creating community awareness of the Newcastle group and her wonderful face painting! The kids loved it!
We look forward to holding a further great event next year to create another wonderful experience for family and friends to gather together. Click here to see all the photos in the gallery.