Teddy picnic highlights child safety

YOUNG children and their parents gathered in Recreation Park at Tweed Heads yesterday for a teddy bear picnic to promote Child Protection Week, which ends this Saturday.

The day was hosted by Tweed Shire Women's Service and Majella House.

Families brought picnic baskets and blankets to sit down and take in the atmosphere of live music while the kids were kept entertained with free balloons, face painting and playgrounds.

Stalls from local businesses and services including Freckles Day Care Centre, Bunnings Warehouse and Tweed Shire Women's Service were passing out information through stalls.

Kids also got up close with local police, ambulance and fire trucks, getting to sit behind the big wheel and even switch on the sirens.

Tweed Heads South mum Micheala Loughran said her kids had a great day.

“It's a great atmosphere to be out on a day like this,” Ms Loughran said.

Banora Point resident Casey Snart brought her three-year-old son Wyatt to meet the firefighters and police officers.

“He came to the teddy bear picnic last year with his Nan and he had a ball,” Ms Snart said.

“We forgot his teddy unfortunately, but he loves to hang out near the police officers.

“It's what he wants to be when he grows up, and he already has his own little uniform at home.”

The Tweed Shire Women's Service website said the picnic was a great opportunity to network and promote local services.

“We heard the voice of the public to make this year's Teddy Bears' Picnic bigger and better,” the website said.

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