Sunday, June 17, 2012

Defence Families BBQ hosted by the Caloundra Returned Services League Sub-Branch

Our local Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch held a BBQ and fun afternoon for the local (and some Brisbane) families of Defence personnel who are serving overseas in Afghanistan. Troops from the 8/9 Welfare cell based at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane also helped out with the day.

A fantastic barbecue was put on with sweets provided by some of the Mums attending. The Sub-Branch provided a clown who showed the kids how to tie balloons into animal shapes, plus a jumping castle which the kids just loved.

Hubby, who is the Sub-Branch President, really loved having the Defence families at the RSL (we were down in the grounds of the Sunny Coast Sports and Recreation Club which is owned by the RSL. It's so nice to be able to show the families of the troops who are overseas, that we all appreciate the sacrifice that they are making, in having their loved ones serving our wonderful country overseas in war-torn countries or as peacekeepers.

Here's a few photos of the lunch and afternoon:

Waiting for the families to arrive at the Sports and Recreation Club (aligned with the Caloundra RSL Services Club).

Frosty the clown (that's not actually his name sorry and even Barry doesn't know the name of this fellow but he gives up his time to "clown around" in hospitals cheering up kids, which is just wonderful). Sorry but I couldn't think of a better name for a clown!

One of the Mums brought along a couple of pinatas which the children really enjoyed trying to break.

Here's a photo of a couple of bi kids, Kath from Sunshine Coast District RSL office and Geoff from Woodford RSL in front of the jumping castle. Try as I might, in between helping out and mixing with people, I just could not get a photo of actual kids on the castle!

Now a photo of one of the young Mums enjoying her day out with her little one.

And of course, the wonderful food provided by the Caloundra RSL Services Club and by the Sub-Branch.

8/9 Welfare Cell brought up a Bushmaster which many people were interested in.