Special Christmas party for special Coffs kids and families
AFTER 22 years the Coffs Harbour Special Children's Christmas Party is still going strong.
More than a thousand special kids and their families packed out Coffs Harbour Showground on Sunday morning to meet Santa Claus and collect gifts.
There was entertainment by The Toads and Troppo Bob from Circus Troppo, before getting stuck into the food, drinks and lots and lots of ice cream.
The party is organised every year for special children who have been nominated by their doctors, hospitals and other professional carers and is put together with the help of the Coffs Coast business community and an army of volunteers.
All these great kids are able to have lots of fun in an environment where they can relax and be themselves, whatever their health conditions.
Parent Kristy Cochrane is thrilled to see the kids having so much fun.
"It really does make their day," Kristy said.
"When they all spend such a long time at different specialists and different therapists, to come and just be kids and have a good time is wonderful.
"All of them just need some time to have fun."
Organiser Annemarie Hodson said it's hard to believe the event has been running since 1993.
"Since then we have invited over 26,000 children to the parties," Annemarie said.
"We now see some of the children who came to the very first parties bringing their own children.
"They remember the fun they had and want their children to experience it too.
"We're so grateful to local businesses and the local community for pulling out the stops and supporting us every year.
"Without their support it just wouldn't happen."