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Marj Tolley and Bev McKenzie of the Archie Graham Social Support Unit at work

Building a Fun4Kids Festival favourite

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The sound of tiny hands using tiny hammers has long been synonymous with the Fun4Kids Festival, but without the efforts of dozens of volunteers, one of the festival’s most popular zones would not be possible.

The Fairbrother Build It Zone gives children the opportunity to build their own toys using wood, nails and hammers. They can then paint their creation and take it home.

The Triton Woodworkers are an integral part of the zone, pre-cutting about 100,000 pieces of timber to create 9000 kits, which can make one of 11 different toys from money boxes to helicopters.

The Triton Woodworkers also volunteer their time during the festival to help the children with their mini construction projects.

All that timber needs something to hold it together, with 100,000 nails sorted and bagged by the Archie Graham Community Centre’s social support unit.

The unit’s clients, who have a range of disabilities, meet regularly to take part in social and recreational activities.

Archie Graham Community Centre Administration Coordinator Robyn Sawkins said that the group enjoyed working as part of a larger project.

“Organising the nails is an activity that they are always eager to get into, with most clients arriving early to get started,” she said.

“A highlight of the year for the group is visiting the festival to see the kids enjoying the Fairbrother Build It Zone and working with the wood and nails.

“Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces after all their hard work makes it really worthwhile.”

The Fun4Kids Festival, presented by The Standard, will include 14 themed zones and workshops for children to explore and enjoy.

The festival will also host performances by 25 outstanding children’s entertainers including Jimmy Giggle, Frank Woodley and Lah Lah’s Big Live Band.

Fun4Kids will run from July 5-9.

For more information or to book tickets visit www.fun4kids.com.au.

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