A big day out for Our Kids

Angus Levot from Alstonville got to meet Big Dog at the Our Kids Day Out.

Meet Big Dog, watch a pantomime, marvel at magic tricks or just sit back and relax at the fourth annual Our Kids Day Out, which is on this Sunday, March 30, at the Missingham Bridge Amphitheatre in Ballina.

The day promises lots of fun for the whole family with free live entertainment including the Ronald MacDonald Magic Show, Reptile Awareness, Mr Smarty Pants, Bill Nudgel, Beaver Feaver, the Kip & KC koala pantomime, and an appearance by NBNs Big Dog.

Lions will have sausages sizzling on the barbie and there will be displays by the SES, fire brigade, ambulance, Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, Borderline HotRodders and the Ballina Auxiliary.

The day is fundraiser for Our Kids, which raises money for the 10,000 children who are cared for in Lismore Base Hospitals paediatric unit, special care nursery and emergency department each year.

Another highlight of the day is the annual Childrens Ward Bravery Awards, which pay homage to the strength and character of kids and their families who have faced illness during their lives.

This year the awards will recognise the courage of a young girl named Kiarna, who has chronic immune problems affecting the nerves to her legs, causing weakness. Kiarna needs regular infusions in the childrens ward and the staff say she always does so with a smile. Kiarna was recently featured in the Our Kids calendar on the cover page and as Miss September.

Kiarna is an inspiration and deserves to be centre stage at the Our Kids Day Out celebration, said Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator, Rebekka Battista. Wed love local parents to join us, bring the family and a picnic blanket, and enjoy this day of free entertainment.

The Our Kids Day Out runs from 9am to 2pm and entry is free.

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