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Magical day for Lions Family Picnic

Once upon a time a proclamation went out through the coastal town of Whitianga that a family picnic with a time-travelling fairy, a storyteller, a teddy bear hunt and lots of fun things to delight children, would take place under clear skies.
 |  Cynthia Daly  | 

The clear skies were wishful thinking, but when you set out to make magic happen, then anything is possible. And so it was.  The children raced to the Bike Park, dragging their parents behind them as the Whitianga Lions Club Family Picnic got underway on Sunday,14 April.

Bubbly little faces with teddy bear prizes won the vote on cuteness, while giant bubbles drifted across the air with squeals of excitement.

Ice creams were slurped, sizzled sausages were munched and many littlies learnt how wonderful meringues with whipped cream taste. Energy recharged, everyone was off again for an egg and spoon race or to find an allusive teddy bear. Bikes, scooters and a tractor or two sped in all directions.

And all the while, the parents and grandparents relaxed on picnic blankets and caught up with friends as the sun gently filtered through the trees and the sounds from CFM’s caravan rang out.

Then like a change in the weather, the children gathered up their parents and their grandparents and took them back home to bed!

Whitianga Lions Club would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended their Family Picnic Day, to Countdown, The Ice Cream Team, Matilda the time-travelling fairy and her troupe, to CFM for kindly giving of their time and talents to make it such a great day, and a special thankyou to the Bike Park for the use of the wonderful facility. All profits from the day will go to Project Mammogram.