The Yuendumu Family Fun Day gained much momentum and support as an avenue to bring the community together.
Constable First Class Shane Blanchard, Community Engagement Police Officer (CEPO), Capricorn Region
Fun activities for families and the whole community, the day emphasised the importance of school and senior members spoke about being lawful and supporting each other and celebrating how strong Yuendumu is!
A pet project of Sergeant Anne Jolley and coordinated by Government Engagement Coordinator (GEC) Casey Greentree the day saw NT Police, Yuendumu School, the MacDonnell Shire, the School Attendance team, PAW Media, Yuendumu Clinic and several other local organisations, actively involved in the Family Fun Day. Suzanne Everingham (Director of Men and Women NT) and special guest Emma Cameron (Indigenous marathon runner) a made an appearance on the day.
Sergeant Jolley, Constable First Class Robyn Schmidt, Constable Trent Barry and Senior ACPO Derick Williams organised a load of events including, egg and spoon races, sack races, three legged races and the crowd favourite ‘tag footy’ where each player had a balloon tied to their ankle and had to try and pop each other’s’ balloon. Face-painting, spray dying hair, basketball, football and cricket were also thoroughly enjoyed with prizes of beanies, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, shoes, bubble wands and loom bands being handed out throughout the day to winning teams and individuals.
The community also enjoyed having a look around the police vehicles, council vehicles and fire trucks. So many smiles from the kids and adults alike, a community BBQ was a great way to end the day!