In September the Child and Parent Centre Brookman Partnered with the City of Gosnells and other local community agencies for a community capacity building project for the Langford Multicultural Food Festival.
Having received a grant for a multicultural project, the City of Gosnells hired artist to assist the community in building a giant phoenix shaped lantern to be paraded at the Langford Multicultural Food Festival on November 13th. To complement this, community groups would also build smaller lanterns for individuals to carry in the lantern parade.
The Child and Parent Centre Brookman participated in the projected by hosting the workshops for constructing the giant Phoenix at the Brookman Primary school throughout the October school holidays, and holding lantern making workshops for the 0-8 year olds. On the night of the festival the child and parent centre also assisted children at the event to make lanterns ready for the parade later that evening.
On the night of Friday 13th November, parents and children from the Child and Parent Centre Brookman gathered together to represent the centre in the lantern parade at the multicultural food festival. Well over 1000 people were in attendance at the event. The children were very excited, leading the way dancing in the procession ahead of the phoenix they had seen under construction. The evening ended with dancing on the stage to drum beats and a magnificent firework display.
The project drew together families in the Langford and surrounding area to create a strong sense of community as they worked on a project that was not only fun for their children, but something that would bring joy to many families as they celebrated the diverse community they live in. This building of community and bringing families together is one of the ways we can start to make a difference in children’s life’s, and work with families to provide children the best start in life.