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October 06, 2017

Jack O'Brien, Zia Haidari, Helen Jeffs (and absent Steve Jeffs) are inviting the community to a family fun day at KidsTown on Saturday.

A social gathering at SPC KidsTown tomorrow will provide an opportunity for the community to enjoy good food, live entertainment and a variety of activities at a great Australian tradition — the family picnic.

‘‘The People’s Picnic provides the chance to gather with your friends and meet new people in friendly and welcoming environment,’’event co-organiser Jack O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien, Helen Jeffs, Steve Jeffs and Zia Haidari created the project as part of their work with Greater Shepparton City Council’s leadership program this year.

‘‘We chose the peppercorn gardens at KidsTown because it provides a peaceful environment among the beautiful bushland and just happens to have the largest playground in the southern hemisphere,’’ Mr O’Brien said.

Uncle Leon Saunders will launch the event with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony before a didgeridoo performance from Eric Brown.

‘‘We have organised three bands — Fortessima, Luke and Ella, and The Splinters — to entertain the crowds,’’ Mr O’Brien said.

‘‘We also have quite a few volunteers clubs attending, including Rotary who are cooking the barbecue, Lions and Kiwanis as well as the Botanical Gardens group who will advertise their new ‘little explorers’ kit.’’

The community is encouraged to bring rugs, chairs and can BYO food and drinks to the event, if they want to.

The People’s Picnic will run from 11am to 4pm tomorrow at SPC KidsTown. Entry is a gold coin donation.

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