Mannum recently hosted a fun day for families, here are the highlights of the day

The Southern group of the Mid Murray Family Connections hosted a ‘Happy, Healthy Families Fun Day’ at the Mannum oval on Saturday August 18 from 9am-1pm.

This took place during a home game versus Mypolonga with support of the Mannum Roos Football and Netball clubs.

The area near the cricket nets came alive with marquees, a jumping castle, wildlife animals, face painting, Mid-Murray Council Fun4youth equipment and 19 service providers/community groups that support families to be happy and healthy.

Over 150 people participated in the ‘Happy, Healthy Families trail’ where they needed to visit stalls and activities with their ‘passport’ to receive their gift. Others came for a look and joined in the stalls that interested them. Thank you for joining in our fun day! Feedback from the stallholders was that the event had a very positive feel, was well organised and they would be available to do it again.

As part of the program an official opening was held at 11.30am with welcome to country by Jenni Giles and emceed by Mid-Murray Council CEO Russell Peate. This was followed by presentations from Mayor Burgess, Deputy Mayor Kelly Kuhn and State Member of Parliament Adrian Pederick.

They highlighted achievements so far of the Mid Murray Family Connections network. We appreciate this level of support from key stakeholders in our community.

During this time to celebrate healthy, happy families a large cake was cut by 3 generations of the Underwood family, Chris and Mary, Paul and Margie, Aaron and Patrick. The Underwood family are local third and fourth generation farmers (and possible 5th generation).

As well as being involved in farming, many may remember Mary as the Doctor’s surgery receptionist and later Mannum Medical Centre practice manager for 50 years until her retirement. Margie is also often the friendly face over the counter at the Post Office. All three generations attended school in Mannum.

We are very grateful to all those who helped make this event successful. We especially thank IGA for the Community Chest Grant and Mannum Baptist Church for managing the finances; Mid Murray Council for funding and equipment; Mannum Community College for equipment; Mannum Lutheran Church for chairs; Lovells bakery for the cake and photographer Jim Fenemore.

We also thank the stall holders which included Aboriginal craft; AC Care; Headspace; Centacare; Play is the Way, Scouts, Mid Murray Mums; Mannum Little Athletics; Mini Movers; Mannum Community College web of connections; Air Force Cadets; Teen Challenge; Ark Angel Creations; Animals Anonymous; Jumpfirst Jumping Castle and the Incognito Coffee Cart. Apples were donated by Glen Vimy Orchards, oranges by Chris and Phil Wilksh and mandarins by Chris and Mary Ann Marks. Jane Barnett from Mid-Murray Council was an invaluable support both supporting the group with organising the event and on the day.

The aim of MMFC is to improve the social & emotional wellbeing of young people and their families and this year we are focusing on supporting people experiencing family and domestic violence. The purpose of this event was to promote the concept of happy, healthy families, share support services information and promote a ‘White Tie dinner’ on 3rd November.

White ribbons and ‘save the date’ cards for the dinner were given out as people entered the gate, while all Mannum footballers and netballers wore white armbands. Please save the date for 3rd November as a great night is planned in support of Centacare’s Murray Mallee and Adelaide Hills Domestic Violence Support Service and will be used to support families in the Mid-Murray area.

If you are part of a community group or are an interested community member or parent please join our working group and bring your ideas on supporting families in our region.