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There was plenty of activity and enjoyment for all ages at the Hopetoun Family Fun Day last week.

Around 100 people enjoyed the warm sunshine at Lake Lascelles along with the sausage sizzle and fresh fruit but it was the younger attendees that had the most fun.

A fire truck on display was set up so children could spray water into the lake. The youngsters were also practising CPR on mannequins at an Ambulance Victoria display.

Many of the children had their faces painted by Amanda Marshman and Cherie Hallam before running off to try their luck at bursting a piñata.

Rural and Remote Engagement officer Bob Fleming brought the Wimmera Uniting ‘Care-A-Van’ which kept the youths and adults entertained. People of all ages were enjoying active games such as kubb, handball and totem tennis with Scott Davidson from Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly.

Big games also kept everyone fascinated. They included bocce, pick-up sticks, grip ball and noughts and crosses. A big chess set from Gateway BEET also proved popular with the younger children moving the pieces around the mat.

The free event was supported with drought funding from Wimmera Uniting Care and Wimmera Primary Care Partnership and coordinated by Rural Northwest Health.

RNH Community Health nurse Julie Mills said it was great to see so many people there.

“The number of children that attended was fantastic and it was heartening to see them all getting involved and running around with all the games and activities to do,” Mrs Mills said.

“It was also pleasing to see the children want to learn about community services,” she said.

“I was personally pleased to see how many wanted to try CPR on the mannequin at the Ambulance Victoria stand.”

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