Early morning on Saturday 23 November, nearly 400 Brainwave children and their families headed to iconic Luna Park in St Kilda, to celebrate the annual Brainwave Christmas Party. It was a lovely sunny morning, as Luna Park filled with the sounds of happy families, sharing excitement, laughter and good cheer.
The energy was high as many families headed straight to their favourite rides for unlimited fun! Throughout the park, families were greeted by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and the children were kept highly entertained chasing giant bubbles created by our amazing Elf Bubble Blower.
Getting into the Christmas spirit, children enjoyed writing heartfelt letters to Santa and posting them to the North Pole. Our talented face painters Janelle and James were kept very busy all morning, creating spectacular works of art on the faces and arms of delighted children.
Extra special guests this year were a team of therapy dogs from Delta Society Australia’s Paws the Pressure Program. The four Delta dogs and their friendly owners were a wonderful addition to this year’s event and the gentle-natured dogs, Ebony, Maggie, Mia and Chief were a big hit with Brainwave children and their families, who enjoyed spending some special, quiet time patting and cuddling them.
Santa made his grand appearance and children delighted in sitting in his sleigh for a photograph, before receiving their Christmas gift.
Families enjoyed some tasty morning tea, then everyone was treated to a delicious spread of chocolates supplied by Ferrero.
Events such as this would simply not be possible without the incredibly generous contribution of our corporate and community volunteers, who gave so generously of their time to ensure our families had an amazing day. Our volunteers from Mercedes-Benz, QBE and OMD, along with our community volunteers Lynda, Danny, Chris, Chloe and Anthony, brought such warmth, fun, care and Christmas cheer to our families and we are so grateful for their support. Thanks also to our supporters at Village Roadshow.
The Brainwave Christmas Party is a highly anticipated event for our families, as well as the Brainwave Team, and we love sharing the joy as families and friends reunite and connect whilst enjoying much festive fun.
Brainwave wishes our families, corporate sponsors, supporters and volunteers a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to sharing an exciting year ahead with you in 2020.