Willow McMillan will enjoy the free activities at Recreation Park on Thursday for the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic for Child Protection Week.
Willow McMillan will enjoy the free activities at Recreation Park on Thursday for the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic for Child Protection Week. Scott Powick

Bring on the bear hugs

THURSDAY will be the day the teddy bears have their picnic at Recreation Park.

Children and their families will be sure of a big surprise when the Tweed Shire Women's Service hosts a free celebration from 10am for Child Protection Week.

There'll be lots for children to see and do with face painting, a petting zoo, reptile displays, arts and crafts and a free barbecue lunch.

The emergency services will also be at the event to display what they do best - protect the community.

However besides all the fun, the day is also about keeping children safe.

"The event will give parents the opportunity to brooch the often difficult subject of child safety," said Vicki Ridley, one of the picnic's organisers.

"There's a lot of work goes into bringing the event together, but it's worth it when you see all the little smiles."

Last year more than 800 people flocked to the picnic, which is sponsored by GCCC, The Family Centre, Child Checkpoint, Bravehearts and the local Lions Club.

There will also be a breakfast in Tweed Heads as part of Child Protection Week for more than 30 local services who help keep local children safe.

"The breakfast and awards are for those who have gone above and beyond in their roles to look after children in the Tweed community," Ms Ridley said.

For more information about the day phone 02 6672 4188 or email info@tswomen.org.au.



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