THE beaming smiles on hundreds of faces last weekend said it all, the launch of the Bulahdelah Blue Light Program was a roaring success.
The School Arts Hall was bursting at the seams with excited children, parents and community members who were kept entertained with plenty to see and do.
Bubble soccer and dancing were highlights inside, and the interactive emergency services displays, giant checkers and free snags outside were a treat.
“The day was so good that I am already looking forward to the next one,” nine-year-old Charlie Garemyn said.
The event was an initiative of the Bulahdelah Blue Light Committee and was supported by the Lions Club, Paramedics, Rural Fire Brigade, Volunteer Rescue Association, School, and countless other volunteers.
“These events are important as they show the youths in our community that there are always people willing to help them and do things for them,” Lion Carol Tattersall said.
“They also demonstrate community spirit, and it was good to see the town come together and enjoy the day,” RFS member Meagan Terry added.
Raymond Terrace PCYC representative, Justine Russell, and Manning Great Lakes Crime Prevention Officer, Sn Constable Ray Slade, were also on hand to ensure a fun-filled day.
Sn Constable Ash Ray said the success of the day was due to the hard work of the local Blue Light Committee, the army of volunteers and the community who supported the event.
“It is great to see so many people get behind this initiative and we can’t thank them enough for their support,” he said.
The successful launch of the program now gives the committee confidence moving forward.
“We are going to keep it going and continue to get the young people together for heaps of other activities,” Sn Constable Dave Feeney said.
“We will also be getting ideas from the community about the types of things they would like see in the program.”
The local police are the driving force behind the initiative, and have contributed a great deal of time to get the program up and running.
The sentiments of the community at the weekend celebration were summed up by primary student Charlie Garemyn, who said, “The police did a fantastic job, they are amazing.”