FUN AND GAMES: Lily Aleckson, of Evans Head, is chased in a game organised by SUFM.
FUN AND GAMES: Lily Aleckson, of Evans Head, is chased in a game organised by SUFM. Samantha Elley

Balloons burst holiday group’s plans

ICONIC holiday group Scripture Union Family Mission (SUFM), which runs activities for children of all ages over the Christmas/New Year period recently came under fire for handing out balloons to promote a movie night.

A Facebook post by a local on the Evans Head Classifieds page received support when stated they were 'shocked to see the SUFM crew walking around handing out balloons.'

"I assumed I would find many of these popped balloons/strings as I continued to walk, which I did every few steps along the river and passed the skate park," they wrote.

"Very sad and very serious if there are more entering our waterways."

Many people agreed but suggested raising the issue with the Christian group to perhaps find an alternative to handing out balloons.

SUFM director Stephanie Lee said they heard about the balloon issue and promptly cancelled a second 'balloon parade'.

"This is the first time anyone has brought this to my attention," she said.

"We used the balloon parade to let people know we are here and that we were having a movie night.

"We've cancelled a second planned balloon run as it's not essential, it was just an extra."

Ms Lee said she agreed with the post and was happy to work with the people in town and get their feedback.

Numbers at the popular activities have increased this year, according to Ms Lee.

"Our Mini-mites (ages 5-6 year olds) has gone from 30 last year to 60 this year."



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