Getting ready to fly their kites at the Kites and Bikes Festival are Jade Lynden–Bell (left) and Grace O’Shannessy from Brunswick Heads Public School.
Getting ready to fly their kites at the Kites and Bikes Festival are Jade Lynden–Bell (left) and Grace O’Shannessy from Brunswick Heads Public School.

Bruns kids high as kites

As a signal sounded, about 80 children began to run, holding one arm high so the teasing gusts of wind might catch their kites.

The children, all from Brunswick Heads Public School, were brought together in Banner Park for the launch of the biggest and best Kites and Bikes Festival, to take place on the weekend of March 21 and 22.

Pieter Verasdonck from Tourism NSW opened proceedings with an invitation for locals to stop seeing tourism as a dirty word, and receive tourists as visitors just like our relatives, welcome to come and visit.

“I would like to invite community leaders to the festival,” he said, “to see what a small chamber of commerce can do, to see how they have branded their town as family friendly.”

Michael Richards from Country Energy, who ran a kite-making workshop at the school, would like to extend the invitation to community groups throughout the shire to come and join in the fun, while emphasising that the world record attempt for the number of kites in the air simultaneously is not just about making a number, but about raising money to support ‘Our Kids’, the children’s charity that buys equipment for local hospitals.

Information about the fun-packed weekend of the Kites and Bikes Festival can be found on the website, in a brochure available from the Visitor Centre, or from their number on 6685 1003.

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