11 July 2016

Bundaberg to benefit from boom

Posted in Camp life

There’s a boom happening in Bundaberg right now and it’ll make the little ones smile.

The popularity of KidsGames has exploded in the region, and its growth is set to continue in the years to come.

Lisa Hardie, SU QLD Field Development Manager for Bundaberg and local KidsGames Coordinator, says the exciting expansion of this program was no accident.

“We realised, for working families, the school holidays become a real concern about what they’re doing for their school-aged children. We also recognised for a lot of kids who come from difficult family circumstances, school is their safe place and they often start to worry leading up to school holidays because they’re losing that safe place,” says Lisa.

KidsGames is a school holiday program for primary school-aged children, with activities from 9am-3pm on Monday to Friday for the week.

Operating in three locations around Bundaberg, Lisa is hoping to expand to five locations over the next year.

“I thought if we could develop more KidsGames around our city, then that would create a real blessing for our families. We’ve got an option for the kids who need somewhere safe to go for the week, and we’ve engaged our local churches to sponsor those kids so they can attend those camps for free,” Lisa says.

“It’s a very relaxed setting. There are lots of games, Bible stories, and arts and craft. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. For those young ones who are just so full of energy, we have heaps of challenges and games for them to be a part of. And we have a really good theme that flows throughout the week.”

SU QLD is partnering with local churches to run KidsGames at 12 venues across Queensland during the winter school holidays. To register as a camper or volunteer for an upcoming KidsGames event near you, email info@sucamps.org.au for more information or visit kidsgamesqld.com.au.

Simeon Lawson

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