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VCAL Young Parents group create children’s boxes filled with fun

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Trying to keep children entertained during COVID-19 lockdowns has inspired a project from South West TAFE’s VCAL Young Parents group.

In partnership with Warrnambool City Council, the group has sourced items and created 50 boxes filled with fun things to keep children happy and entertained while at home.

South West TAFE VCAL teacher Sharna Westley said the students had organised the annual UnBOOLieveable Easter school holiday family event which this year unfortunately had to be cancelled.

“The students were disappointed that event couldn’t go ahead but they still wanted to do something to help children and to help their parents during this lockdown,” she said.

She said the students had done a great job in sourcing a number of fun items for each box including a bubble stick, playdough recipe and ingredients, pavement chalk, COVID-19 diary, cake mix, plant seeds, a scavenger hunt and pencils and books.

“These boxes will hopefully lift the spirits of some children and families in the region who are struggling right now and provide some much-needed fun for everyone,” she said.

Ms Westley said 25 of the boxes would be donated to community organisations including Mpower, Brophy, West Neighbourhood House, Warrnambool East Neighbourhood House and Axis Employment to distribute to families in their networks.