Amanda again held her Kindy Arts show in April, one of her most popular community events.
With the assistance of local kindergartens, hundreds of local children put together their own masterpieces - including self-portraits, digital photography, and paintings.
Over 450 children, parents, caregives, and kindy staff attended the Arts Show to celebrate the efforts of the children.
Congratulations to all the talented local artists and a big thank you to the participating kinys - Qunliven Road, Reynella, O'Halloran Hill, Sunrise Morphett Vale ELC, Kerry Street, Calvary, Reynella Community Children's Centre, Christie Downs, Seaford Rise, and Morphett Vale East.
Check out the 2017 Kindy Arts Show After-Movie!
Amanda was overwhelmed by the generosity of our community during her recent Christmas Appeal. So many generous local individuals, families and organisations donated food, toys, toiletries, gifts and pet food to help those less fortunate in our community.
Thank you to the many local individuals and families who donated, and to the various local organisations - Noarlunga SES, Goodstart Early Learning Sheidow Park - Young Street, Woodend Preschool and Nursery, Southern Montessori School, 50+ Activity Club, Morphett Vale Tennis Club, Hallett Cove Chemplus and Oasis Family Church.
Also thank you to the charities Amanda partnered with this year who ensured all donations were given to people in our local community - Anglicare SA, The Vines Uniting Church, St Vincent De Paul Society Noarlunga Conference, Junction Australia and RSPCA South Australia.
Amanda will be holding her Winter Appeal again this year to assist those struggling in the cooler months. Keep an eye out for further details as we approach winter.
Amanda again recognised some of our most talented local sports stars in her recent Local Sporting Champions ceremony.
11 young sporting stars were chosen by a community panel to receive Local Sporting Champion grants due to their passion, talent and commitment to the sport and their sporting community. A variety of sports were recognised, including ice skating, futsal and cross country running.
If your child is competing at a State or National level, they may be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant. The current round is open until the end of February and applications can be found here - http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/local_sporting_champions
Amanda recently held her annual Southern Suburbs Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony - a day dedicated to celebrating some of the many volunteers who's commitment, passion and hard-work make our community a better place.
Amanda was joined by special guest speakers CEO of the RSPCA South Australia Tim Vasudeva, EO of Southern Volunteering SA Inc Mel White, Volunteer Coordinator of RSPCA SA Heather McAllister, and CEO of Volunteering SA&NT Evelyn O'Loughlin. Students from Port Noarlunga Primary School & Aquatic Centre also beautifully sung our national anthem.
The ceremony provided local organisations and our community at large with an opportunity to recognise and thank volunteers for their valuable contribution.
Amanda will again host this event in 2017.
Amanda recently held her biannual Welcoming the Babies ceremony - a great opportunity to officially welcome the newest members of our local community. It was an excellent day for the many bubs and families who came along, with so many great stalls held by local businesses and organisations. Special guest speaker Mem Fox provided many stories and a lot of laughs about being a Mum and author. Amanda will again hold two Welcoming the Babies ceremonies in 2017!