1 March 2024

Collaborative effort delivers return of popular Cooktown school holiday program

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Zara Girard, educator Rhiannon Shepherd, Edie Stanley and Dallas Morris show off their gingerbread baking skills during Cooktown District Community Centre’s 2023 school holiday program. Photo: Supplied.

“Unwavering support” from community groups has delivered a coup for Cooktown District Community Centre (CDCC) with the announcement its school holiday program is gearing up to return in 2024.

The program was trialled last year, and CDCC project development coordinator and early years educator Heidi Carroll told Cape York Weekly the feedback received had been overwhelming, and that the organisation was planning to grow the activities on offer when started up again in April.

“The enthusiastic response from both children and staff made it a memorable experience,” she said.

“Looking ahead, this year’s program promises even more fun-filled activities, including excursions to a horse sanctuary, and a visit to the charming farm animals at Cooktown Campout.”

The delivery of the 2024 program has been made possible through a funding collaboration between Endeavour Lions’s Club, Cooktown RSL, Cooktown Bowls Club and the CDCC.

Ms Carroll said the joint effort had been a common theme since the program’s inception.

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“This approach was absolutely vital,” she said.

“Although CDCC are leading the program, due to the high expense and human resources it takes to organise and run the program, we need support from the community.”

Ms Carroll added the program was a vital resource for the entire Cooktown community, and said both working and non-working families were set to benefit from its return.

“Following the success of last year’s trial, it’s evident that this program is a must-have for 2024,” she explained.

“Parents, whether working or not, rely on it to ensure their children are not only safe, but also engaged in meaningful activities during the holidays.

“The relief is palpable as parents drop off their kids, knowing they’re in good hands and can focus on their responsibilities, whether that’s work or other family commitments.

“This year, we can offer added in security, as we have released dates for the entire year.”

The CDCC school holiday program will run from 8-12 April, 24-28 June, 16-20 September and 2-6 December.

Rhiarha Yemoans makes a few new friends during the Cooktown District Community Centre school holiday program farm excursion last year. Photo: Supplied.

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