Our Kids enjoy their day out for a good cause
AN impressive line-up of children’s performers and a host of emergency service personnel attracted up 1000 people to the annual Our Kids Day Out.
Event organiser Rebekkah Battista said the morning of free entertainment at Ballina’s Missingham Bridge Amphitheatre started at 9.15am with a large crowd on hand.
“There were about 1000 people there, it was fantastic. A great turnout,” she said.
The Our Kids charity raises funds for the children’s ward and special care nursery at the Lismore Base Hospital.
Plenty of hospital staff were there to talk to, and meet the children.
“The idea is to make hospital not so scary. The day is a great way to connect the hospital to the community,” Ms Battista said.
Bob the Builder, Ronald McDonald, the Balloon Kings and Awesome Adam the musician were among the special guests at the event. The Southern Cross Garrison, 501st Legion of Star Wars storm troopers was also on hand to keep the children safe,.
The day also celebrated the bravery of 15-month old Tateum Presbury-Boll who has made more than one dozen trips to hospital after being born premature.
His parents Marina Sonntag-Boll and Brad Presbury from Nimbin, also had their bravery recognised.
Local emergency services crews also came to the party, opening up their equipment to the children and giving them the opportunity to try on some of the gear.
“They were all getting in and out of the trucks, kids just love all that,” Ms Battista said.
The Fire Brigade, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, State Emergency services and local police and ambulance, as well as the army, all got into the spirit of the day.