On Monday April 8, the Victorian school holidays kicked off with a little flair as Vision Australia Radio took part in a circus event for our young clients, and those potentially wishing to utilise our Vision Australia services.
This school holidays event provided children the opportunity to explore and have fun with other children who are blind or have low vision. The day featured an exhaustive list of activities for the children to partake in that would help develop their motor skills and provide them social interaction in a safe environment. Some of the activities included an interactive version of the beloved classic "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", which proved to be a major hit with the kids.
On the day, Vision Australia Radio National Audio Business Development Manager Jason Gipps was representing the radio network, sharing information on our services for all members of the community as well as teaching children the wonders of broadcasting. “The kids got a chance to get on the microphone, either being interviewed by me about their experiences of being blind or low-vision, what they aspire to be when they grow up and sometimes even interviewing me, which I was not prepared for! It was wonderful how willing they all were to discuss their vision issues and they taught me a bit too. It was a great experience for all involved,” explained Jason.
“The event showed me that with the right resources, there is no reason why an individual can’t live the life they choose, be anything they desire to be and it’s just another reminder personally, the important part that Vision Australia has played in the lives of the community we are here to support. With the advancement of technology that allows for the blind and low-vision community to have life a little easier and our continually evolving broadcasting and audio services that make information accessible across the country to around 700,000 listeners each month, there’s so many more good things to come”.
The day reached its conclusion with a live performance from The Mik Maks, Australia's fastest growing new and independent children's act. The children danced the day away. More than 60 families attended the circus, leaving rave reviews such as "An amazing day filled with smiles and laughter", "My children loved the interactivity", and "It really felt like a modern circus, we can't wait for the next one!" At the end of the day, the event provided a great opportunity for the attending children to let loose for a little bit, interact with their peers and enjoy some wholesome family fun.