SPAYC+PLACE programs engage young people and their families in Cairns West. Check out photos and the latest good news stories about our programs.
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Cairns West Deadly Runners + Walkers have been an activity provider for SPAYC+PLACE since the trial stage (and prior to funding) of the program. It continues to gain popularity with residents in Manoora participating every Friday afternoon at Murray Street Park.
Always a popular activity with young people, Basketball in Shang Park, SPAYC+PLACE facilitators were joined by youth workers from Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI) to provide positive engagement with role models. The team at YETI also provided a barbeque for the youth.
Tennis Hot Shots at Shang Park has proved to be a great success, with new Facilitator Matt McCray from Baseline Tennis engaging up to 25 young people who were keen to learn techniques on how to hold a tennis racquet correctly and practiced volleying the ball. Working with modified equipment helps kids to develop basic skills and techniques to get them interested in the game.
We have just wrapped up another jam-packed SPAYC+PLACE school holiday program delivered in the Cairns West area. With some of our regular favourites such as Edor and Street Soccer, there were also lots of fun activities added to the program including Hip Hop Afro Dance, Big Party Games, Slip 'N' Slide and Playground Tag.
SPAYC Cadets showed their leadership skills by volunteering at the Harmony Day event held on Saturday 20th March at Cairns West State School. The Cadets were seen backstage assisting with co-ordinating the performers, assisting as MC at the front of the stage, as well as helping with the set up and pack down of the event.
Sensei Hassan Bin Tahal of Zenadth Kes Karate School shared the ancient art of Karate to participants at the Harmony Day event held on Saturday 20th March at Cairns West State School. Participants were fully engaged in the lesson where Sensei talked about how to remain physically and mentally strong by using the correct technique and through consistency.
The newest activity on the SPAYC+PLACE program, AcroKids in the Park, tests your co-ordination and balance through a range of yoga poses. A big hit at the Harmony Day event held on Saturday 20th March at Cairns West State School, Taryn and Leo built up the confidence of the participants who wore big smiles whilst being suspended in the air.
The Nepalese and Bhutanese cultural dance group presented the New Nepali Lok Song / Aakashai Ko Kalo Badal dance at the Harmony Day event held on Saturday 20th March at Cairns West State School. The performance expressed their longing and love for their homeland as they embrace their new home here in Australia.
Chinese community member Bill Lee Long family and Mayor and Mrs Manning sharing stories of family migration and the benefits of Manning Pies in sport circa 1970’s at the Harmony Day event held on Saturday 20th March at Cairns West State School.
SPAYC Cadets graduates of 2020 continue to be engaged and connected with a wide range of opportunities. Three of our Cadets shadowed the End Credits film crew assisting with filming the Harmony Day event held on Saturday 20th March. Participants and Elders at the end were delighted to share their views on the importance of culture and community coming together in harmony.