Bayside Community brings Joy at Christmas
On Wednesday 13 December, the Rotary Club of Brighton in conjunction with Hampton RSL, plus the support of Hampton Rotary, Bayside Police and Bayside City Council joined forces in the Christmas spirit to host the 2017 Bayside Family Christmas Event for socioeconomically disadvantaged clients of BayCISS and Family Life. During one of the hottest mid-December days on record, a merry little band of Santa’s helpers including special guests Tim Wilson (Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein) and Cr Laurence Evans (Mayor Bayside City Council), worked tirelessly together spreading some Christmas cheer, to one and all.
Although the temperature reached 39, there were lots of happy faces enjoying a variety of activities from face painting, carpet bowls, giant games of Connect 4 and Snakes and Ladders, plus an amazing art class facilitated by Irena from www.awaken-creativity.com. With kids aged between 1-16 years and their families joining in some fun and games, engaging with our volunteers, Bayside Youth Services and some of Bayside’s finest from Victoria Police; then sitting down to a traditional Christmas dinner conjured up by Mike Anglim (Hampton RSL’s Catering Manager), it made for a very enjoyable and unforgettable evening. Our Christmas party would not have been complete without a very special visit from Santa, who arrived bearing gifts for each of the kids.
The evening was an amazing show of Christmas spirit, made possible by a dedicated bunch of volunteers (Rotarians, Hampton RSL and other Baysiders wanting to make a difference) who have helped by donating their time and expertise – incredible hands-on help with planning and organising the event, securing donations, sourcing presents plus much more. Massive thanks also to Moose Toys, Bunnings Mentone, and Bayside City Council, Brighton and Hampton Rotary, plus Rotary District 9800* for the toy donations that Santa’s elves were given. These generous donations enabled not just the kids attending, but also 100+ lucky children through BayCISS and Bayside/Moorabbin Police (Victims of severe cases of family violence) to have a little extra joy at Christmas time 🙂