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Rocky Bay customers and their families celebrated at Rocky Bay’s Christmas Family Fun Day in the summer sunshine on Saturday 8 December, with over 300 guests attending the festivities at the Mosman Park site.
The event, held in the site’s beautiful gardens, was a huge success and included a sausage sizzle lunch and ice-cream van, as well as a variety of family activities and entertainment including the Old Macdonald Animal Farm petting zoo, garden games, face painting and sensory play for children. Families were encouraged to bring along a picnic blanket to the event and relax and soak in the stunning surroundings.
For the adults, an ABBA tribute band entertained party-goers with a back-catalogue of crowd favourites, and a DJ got guests up and dancing the day away in the gardens.
Rocky Bay’s Studio held a market stall, selling customer-made Christmas decorations, cards, pottery and artwork, with all proceeds from sales going back into the Studio to support the various art and craft groups customers participate in.
A little of Rocky Bay’s 80-year history was also showcased with an exhibition of the organisation’s journey and customers over the past eight decades, from its humble beginnings in 1938 as the Society for Crippled Children, to the growing organisation it is today supporting nearly 3,000 customers across Western Australia.
Rocky Bay’s Fundraising and Events Manager Kelly-Anne Day said feedback from customers and families was very positive.
“Our aim was to create an end-of-year event that our customers could enjoy with their families in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. It was wonderful to see so many of our customers enjoying the celebrations and activities,” she said.
“We had many volunteers on the day who helped ensure the day was made special for everyone and such a success.
“We’d like to extend a special thank you to the students from Iona Presentation College who volunteered their time – their help was very much appreciated.”