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Inaugural Grandparents Day a grand success

Grandparents Day 2011
Archie Wallace (2yrs) and his Pop, Keith Wallace at Taronga Zoo on Grandparents Day

1 Nov 2011

Thousands of people across NSW took the opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contribution grandparents make to their families and the broader community on NSW’s first ever Grandparents Day.

On Sunday October 30, grandparents and their families attended hundreds of community events organised by local councils, Clubs NSW, private organisations, schools and libraries across NSW.

There was something for all grandparents and their families, with events as varied as Dungog Cars for Cancer, a cruise along the Murray River, Nonni in Cucina (Grandparents in the Kitchen) at the Leichhardt Italian Festa and the feature Grandparents Day event at Taronga Zoo.

At Taronga Zoo, Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance and Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Gillian Skinner, along with her two grandchildren Sophia and Isabella, joined in the Grandparents Day celebrations.

Grandparents Day was supported by five ambassadors, raising awareness of the important role grandparents play in our community. This year’s ambassadors were: Lucy Porter, Barbara Holborow, Joe Commisso and John and Colleen Fahey.

ADHC staff were supported by a team of volunteers whose tireless efforts were vital in promoting the day at the Seven Bridges Walk, Taronga Zoo, Leichhardt’s Italian Festa and at Croydon Park.

Grandparents Day will be held annually in NSW on the last Sunday of October.


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