FUN NIGHT: Claire-Marie Pepper and Grant Sheean at the Nanango Casino Fun Night on Saturday September 22.
FUN NIGHT: Claire-Marie Pepper and Grant Sheean at the Nanango Casino Fun Night on Saturday September 22. Jessica McGrath

Playing the cards right for inclusive park

WITH play money and tokens in hand, the community gathered together for the Nanango Casino Fun Night.

They met in Nanango's Tara's Hall to raise funds for a community-driven project, the Nanango Butter Factor all-inclusive park, on Saturday September 22.

Fundraising group representative Ian Donald said the casino night with gaming tables, run by Bris Vegas, was all about having fun and supporting the all-inclusive park project.

"It's about people connecting with each other in a fun environment for a good cause," he said.

Fundraising group representative Jane Erkens said they decided to raise funds to build the all-inclusive park, after it was brought to their attention there was no park for children with disabilities.

"One of our aims is to have a place where children with disabilities can mix with children who do not have disabilities," she said.

"So that children who don't have disabilities may learn a little bit of empathy, and learn a little bit about the challenges that face them."

The park would also become a place where parents can meet other parents of children with disabilities.

"You sometimes feel pretty alone, so hopefully the park will become a place where those parents can see that there are other people that have similar difficulties and obstacles to face," Ms Erkens said.

 

The fundraising group were looking for the community to do small things to help raise funds.

Some small Nanango businesses are running raffles, a zombie walk will go through Nanango and The Shed will be running Halloween Night activities with gold coin donations going towards the park.

"Lots of people doing small things can go a really long way," she said.

"We want it to be a community-driven thing."

The Nanango Tourism and Development Association, Heritage Building Society and the South Burnett Regional Council have already supported the project.

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