Street party all about stamping out bullying
THE MARK Foundation's Prevention of Suicide Street Party focuses on a strong anti-bullying message and will again use the event to promote that message throughout the community.
Event organiser and MARK Foundation founder Kellie Millington campaigns hard against bullying since the loss of her son and the street party helps to put that message in the spotlight.
"This will be the third street party that the foundation has put on, the first one in 2013 was only weeks after we lost our son so we didn't do much then," Mrs Millington said.
"This year we will have even more on with up to seven different things like rides when last year I think we had about four.
"We will still have the pig races, the market stalls, popcorn and fairy floss as well as the addition of ice- cream this year."
All rides will be free of charge however people are encouraged to make any gold coin donations they are comfortable with.
"There will also be a games arcade which are being brought in by Steve Nielsen. Those games will require payment but all the street rides will remain free," Mrs Millington said.
Mrs Millington said sourcing volunteers had proven to be difficult at times however Adrian Brady from Mundubbera put his hand up to help.
"It is really good to have Adrian on board, he runs the Mundubbera Boys Club which is for kids who are having a hard time at school," Mrs Millington said.
"He gets them together after school and if they do their study he will take them out for a game of football or something.
"As a reward he recently took the boys to a Broncos game, they had exhausted all their funds and Adrian came to us asking for some help and we were more than happy to pay for the bus to get them down there."
The boys club showed how grateful they were for the support of the MARK Foundation.
"They turned up here the morning that they left and every single kid shook our hand, they were that thankful," Mrs Millington said.
In return Mr Brady and the Mundubbera Boys Club will volunteer at the street party.
"The boys will be helping us with all the rides, which will be great," Mrs Millington said.
The Suicide Prevention Street Party is being held on Saturday, October 29 from 4pm to 8pm with the Golden Orange keeping live music on until late.
If you wish to volunteer for part of the street party you can contact Mrs Millington on 0427653800.