Lyndall Murrey As the heat of Summer approaches, the kids at The Centre Playtime groups are rejoicing for their new shade sail!

Thursday and Friday mornings are a busy time at The Centre with up to 40 kids meeting in the Activity Centre to play, sing songs and make craft while the parents enjoy a cuppa and a chat. The Playtime groups are fortunate to have a wonderful indoor and outdoor area, complete with sandpit, bike track, cubby house, play equipment and even a flying fox.

However, the play equipment and swings can be very hot on sunny days. Through a wonderful partnership with the local Bendigo Bank at Galston, a grant of $5,000 was gifted to the Playtime group to purchase and install a large shade sail to cover this play area. Branch Manager, Mr Gary Mangan, visited the Thursday Playtime group to see the play area and chat to the parents and kids. The Playtime families are thrilled with the new shade sail, and so thankful to Mr Mangan and Bendigo Bank for this generous grant.

This creates a sun-safe area, not just for kids from Playtime, but those who attend the kids’ church programs on Sunday mornings and in the school holidays. The value of the friendship and support that families receive from these Playtime groups is immeasurable. Everyone in the group is grateful to have the support of others in the community, such as Bendigo Bank.

Any Mums, Dads, or even grandparents, with children aged between 0 and 5 are very welcome to visit Playtime on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am, or Friday mornings from 10am to 12midday (during school terms). Please contact The Centre at Dural on 8989 0000 for more information.