Western Australia Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney
The Importance Of Family Celebrated Across WA
Victor P Taffa
From Halls Creek to Albany, families and communities across Western Australia are celebrating the importance of family, with National Families Week 2010.
Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney said events held during the week ranged from a family fun day at the South Hedland Library; a family expo at Albany Plaza; children’s entertainment, including a circus workshop, treasure hunt and face painting in Bayswater; to a community barbecue and art competition in Halls Creek.
“It is particularly pleasing to see a number of regional and remote communities holding events.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“Children do better when their families are strong and families do better when they live in communities that help them succeed.”
“If children feel the security and influence of a strong family bond early in life, the ground work is laid for a positive future.”
Families Week, which is timed to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Families on May 15, has a national theme for 2010:
‘The best start: supporting happy, healthy childhoods’.
Seven-year-old Angelina Casotti of Swan View was last week announced the winner of the 2010 Western Australian Families Week Poster Competition that asked children to respond to the question, ‘What does your family mean to you?’
The Minister said Angelina’s poster would be printed and distributed across the State to help celebrate WA Families Week 2010, and would also be used to promote Families Week in 2011.
“I encourage you to celebrate National Families Week by taking time to be with your family and give them lots of smiles and hugs and do things such as: join a local play or parents’ group.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“I also encourage families needing assistance with parenting or family issues to seek assistance and also to involve grandparents and other family members to celebrate achievements big and small.”