Variety – The Children’s Charity put smiles on local children’s faces as it held its fifth annual Variety Children’s Christmas Party at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Thursday.
About 86 children, along with 55 carers and volunteers attended the party which is held to bring joy to children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs in the community.
These included students from Port Lincoln Special School, Port Lincoln Primary and Junior Primary schools, Navigator College, Kirton Point Primary School, Elliston Area School and Poonindie Community Learning Centre.
Children in attendance enjoyed balloon animals, face painting and dancing to music provided by Marksmen, before Father Christmas made an appearance.
The day also included a donation to Car MLC – The Runaway Brides of $1000 from Magic 89.9 and 5CC, supported by the 16 wedding related businesses in the 2018/19 Wedding Guide.
Variety chairperson Sandra Lukin said it was great to see a good “kickstart” to fundraising for the 2019 Variety Bash.
She said each year it was overwhelming to see the children enjoy the party.
“Most of us who are volunteers are busy raising money so for us to see Variety put money back into the community and for our kids is heartwarming,” she said.
Port Lincoln Special School principal Claire Harris said the school and its students always looked forward to the party, with all students brought along to have fun.
“It’s a highlight of the end of year for our school,” she said.
Mrs Lukin thanked the Port Lincoln Hotel for providing the venue, the Catapult Foundation for sponsoring the day and Woolworths for supplying the fruit, ice cream and water.