LOCAL ORGANISATIONS GAIN $12,625 TO HELP CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS

Friday, 8 September 2017

LOCAL State MP Adam Marshall has today congratulated Inverell Shire Council, Gilgai Public School and Armidale Regional Council on securing more than $12,500 in NSW Government funding to celebrate the invaluable contribution of grandparents and older people in the Northern Tablelands.

“The Grandparents Day Events Grant program will enable these organisations to host an event that focuses on appreciating and connecting older people with their community, regardless of their age or ability,” Mr Marshall said.

“Local organisations like councils and schools are the lifeblood of our community and this funding is another win for the Northern Tablelands.

“The activities they will provide for this year’s Grandparents Day will be fantastic for these communities and a fun day out for everyone in our community.”

Inverell Shire Council will receive $5,775 for its celebrations, which will culminate in a ‘Mad Hatters’ High Tea in the Inverell Town Hall.

“Event preparations will be a collaboration between grandparents and school students, including catering, decorations and entertainment,” Mr Marshall said. “This free event will attract more than 400 people and include circus performers, art show and live music.”

Mr Marshall said Gilgai Public School’s P&C Association will use $850 to host a lunch event on school grounds. Grandparents will be invited to attend and given a tour around the school.

Armidale Regional Council has gained $6,000 to hold a Healthy Relationships Family Fun Day Festival, which Mr Marshall said would focus on grandparents passing down their skills such as cooking, car maintenance, budgeting, knitting, art, music and sharing their stories.

“Grandparents are experts in a range of fields and this will allow them to pass on their skills to others in a fun festival environment,” he said.

Grandparents Day events will be held between 15 October and 12 November 2017.

For more information about NSW Grandparents Day 2017 and events in the region, please visit www.grandparentsday.nsw.gov.au

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