The Big Yellow Umbrella’s family is steadily growing with the launch of a Little Yellow Umbrella Play Hub and trailer, made possible through a partnership with Wests League Club.
“Today’s a special moment that brings the corporate community, local families and their children together; it represents collaboration and the little things that make a big difference,” said Edward Feuerstein, General Manager, Big Yellow Umbrella – not losing the opportunity to tag on his pet mantra: “From little things big things grow.”
The big things that will come from this trailer are increased service delivery and more playgroups across the Macarthur region.
“Here’s a pop up playgroup that we can take anywhere and also make sure that the community’s needs are being met,” Mr Feuerstein added.
The group of little ‘uns who took over West Leagues for the launch in a colourful splash of building blocks, crayons and assorted toys brought a sure smile to pediatrician-turned-politician Dr Mike Freelander.
“There is increasing evidence that the things we do for very young children before they’re two are the things that are really important throughout their lives,” the Federal Member for Macarthur said.
“So such an investment in early childhood education and early childhood development, will pay benefits to our society for many decades to come.”
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to send the trailer out on its journey of cheer, Wests Group Macarthur CEO Tony Mathew declared that it was both a no-brainer and a privilege to lend a helping hand to the Big Yellow Umbrella.
“Once we found out about their challenges around relocating their equipment from playgroup to playgroup, we had to be a part of it. What a wonderful initiative from a group doing so much for our community,” Mr Mathew said.
From personal experience, Greg Warren, State Member for Campbelltown felt that playgroups were vital in supporting young families.
“The needs in Macarthur are changing. We’re a more affluent society but we’re also in many ways a more isolated society and playgroup is a way of getting families interlocked together, interacting together and communicating together,” Dr Freelander added. A vibrant rebranding of Camden Community Connections, the Big Yellow Umbrella is committed to building strong, inclusive and cohesive communities where people of all ages and backgrounds are supported to connect to local services, community activities and each other.
(Brian Laul is the founder of Oz Funland, Good Morning Macarthur, Director of the Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of the Children’s Festival Organisation of Australia among other things. He’s passionate about fostering multicultural relations at a community grassroots level.) All Photo Credits: Good Morning Macarthur