Joey's Pouch turns 20

MURWILLUMBAH'S Joey's Pouch is no longer a teenager.

The education child care centre is celebrating its 20th birthday next weekend and you are invited.

“We're having an open day next Saturday, April 18, to mark the occasion,” director Janette Glynn said.

“There will be lots of activities, including a bring-and-buy stall, craft activities and Vinnie and Reuben's Magic Circus.

“Lunch will be available for a small fee from Mount Warning Rotary Club AM.”

Founding director Sharon Grennan will also be there with a photo display of the not-for-profit centre's first day.

The celebrations start at 11am and finish at 3pm, Mrs Glynn said.

“Anybody who has had an association with Joey's Pouch is welcome,” she said.

“As well as anybody who wants to see what's going on.

“We're a community organisation so the whole community is invited to come and celebrate with us.

“The more the merrier.”

Mrs Glynn said the staff, parents and kids are all looking forward to the day.

“The children are all very ex- cited and have been helping make the birthday decorations.”

Mrs Glynn, who has been director for 15 years, said the centre has seen a lot of changes.

“The outside yard has probably changed the most,” she said.

“There is a lot more shade now, because 20 years ago the tree hadn't grown much.

“We've also had extensions and expanded our paved area and had a staff room put on.”

Joey's Pouch's longest-serving staff member is Jan O'Regan, who has been there for 18 years.

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