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Children's party delights all generations

Sun comes out for party fun at Evelyn Page

It was a fun occasion for both the young and the young at heart at the annual children’s party held at Evelyn Page Retirement Village last Friday.

Despite all the activities being moved indoors in anticipation of predicted rain, the sun made a spectacular appearance after all – which was just as well for those needing to dry off after experiencing the dunking machine!

The popular device was hand-crafted by Evelyn Page’s own Bill Spencer who took great delight in supervising the soakings – after offering himself up for the first baptism that is.

After a succession of willing young victims were well and truly doused, attention soon turned on the village staff.

Isaac Johnstone (10) says 'bring it on!'

Serviced apartment housekeeper Julie Baron was first up: “I did it last year and ruined my $100 shoes but this year I have remembered to remove my shoes first!”

Next was clinical manager Raewyn McLachlan, who had physio assistant Abby Fernandez chomping at the bit to take a precise shot with the beanbag.

Village manager Lynn Charlton took her turn next, admitting afterwards: “You think you’re prepared for it but it’s absolutely freezing!”

Despite the shocked reactions of her colleagues, sales advisor Jo Seed was inspired to have a go in the chair too.

She said that the thing that surprised her the most was the amount of people, particularly fellow staff members, queueing up to take aim.

“They will all keep!” she laughed.

“It was a great effort from all the activities ladies. Everyone was talking about what a fabulous morning it was and seeing all the children in the village and our residents’ smiles said it all.”

There was a wealth of treats and amusements on offer for the children, including facepainting, coits, a slushy machine, karaoke, a giant kerplunk game and even a visit from Cornflake the clown and the Mr Whippy ice cream van.

The dunking machine wasn’t the only fairground-type attraction that Bill made. There was also a catapault, a strongman machine and a splat-the-rat game too.

Young Lucy Paulsen, 3, and her sister Penny, 1, had great fun trying to whack the rat shooting out the drainpipe with a bat, helped by mum Lisa, grandmother Jenny and great-grandmother Lois Pavish.

Another family was represented by several generations too.

Resident Margery Johnstone and her daughter Yvonne and granddaughter Julia decided to do some family bonding by taking the plunge on the dunking machine – together!

The first attempt didn’t quite work but the second one definitely did, prompting lots of laughing and smiling from all three.


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