Go neon for a special cause

Hope Sevil, Ella Hobson, Arabella Scanlon and – front – Paige Sevil encourage every-one to grab their neon and head to the Number One oval in Quirindi this Saturday. As Quirindi group, Friends of Children with Special Needs host their Colour Fun Run and Walk fundraiser event. Photo by Sally Alden.

Hope Sevil, Ella Hobson, Arabella Scanlon and – front – Paige Sevil encourage every-one to grab their neon and head to the Number One oval in Quirindi this Saturday. As Quirindi group, Friends of Children with Special Needs host their Colour Fun Run and Walk fundraiser event. Photo by Sally Alden.

This Saturday, September 16, Number oval in Quirindi will be awash with neon as local group, Friends of Children with Special Needs host their fundraiser event.

The group, who assist children in the shire with special needs are hosting a colour fun run and walk commencing from 4.30pm.

“The course is in a figure of 8 covering a total of 2.8km and participants can do it as many laps as they would like. The design takes into account the needs of small children, elderly participants or those with special needs, who can enter into a loop of 1.4km,” commented Nic Hoy on behalf of the committee.

There will be plenty of neon and glowing merchandise up for sale at the event, with the fun run and walk to be followed by a screening of the movie Peter Pan.

“We will have a canteen with food available including lamb and gravy rolls and sausage sandwiches as well as popcorn for the move,” continued Nic.

To register for the event, go to registernow.com.au and search Light up Quirindi. To find out more about the event go to Facebook page; Friends of Children with Special Needs.

Background

Local group, Friends of Children with Special Needs, was formed several years ago by dedicated community members who saw a need to provide financial assistance to local children in need.

The committee is made up of a combination of representatives from each school who receive donations, parents of children with special needs and community members who share a passion about helping this great cause.

Fundraising events over the years have been varied. From lovely lunches, markets stalls, to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and now the upcoming Neon Run, all events have been very successful. Money raised is shared between local schools.

So far, St Josephs, Quirindi High School, Quirindi Public School, Quirindi Pre-school, Spring Ridge Public School and Currabubula Public School have all received donations.

The schools use the money to best assist students who have special requirements. As an example, Quirindi High School, has over the years with allocated funding, purchased laptops, iPad, sensory toys and established a sensory garden.

“Thank you to the community for consistently supporting the fundraising events held over the years. We look forward to lighting up Quirindi on Saturday the 16th from 4.30 pm onwards. Put your neon on, grab your family and friends and come join in the fun.  Not only do we promise you’ll have a great time but most importantly your involvement will benefit a very important cause, helping our local children with special needs,” concluded Committee member Krissy Widdis.

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