On Sunday 19 March, 330 Brainwave children, siblings, parents and carers came together for Brainwave’s Victorian Family Day at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
The sun was shining and families were treated to African drumming music and given the opportunity to play the Djembe drums and shakers. The safari themed marquee provided some relief from the blazing sunshine and magic tricks were performed by the Amazing Mr Zarnok and his cheeky puppet monkey.
A ‘Little Artists Corner’ was available for children to create their own colourful magic. After a barbeque lunch, families travelled on safari tours to experience the wilds of Africa – spotting hippo’s, rhino’s, zebras, bison, giraffes, cheetahs, antelopes and an Oryx. The families returned from their safari tours to experience a delightful puppet show by Jenny Ellis, A Little Bit of Blue. It was a fitting finale to a wonderful, adventure filled day.
On behalf of Brainwave Australia thank you to all our wonderful families for making the effort to join us. To our generous sponsors including Mercedes Benz Berwick, Brighton, Mornington and Toorak, thank you for supporting this great day out for our Brainwave families.
We received some lovely feedback from our families including the Valencia family. “Thank you Brainwave for a wonderful Safari Zoo experience. All that we have witnessed today are smiles with grateful hearts. To all the sponsors, thank you all for being so generous. It is one of the most organised activities we've been to. Our boy is very happy and that's all we need... now. His happiness❤”
Brainwave’s support of children living with neurological conditions and their families is unwavering. Program Manager Laurence Hennessy says, “Our aim is to improve the quality of life for the children and families we support through practical and emotional support. I think we can safely say, seeing children laugh and smile with their families and in the company of Brainwave friends, we have achieved this. “