McRitchie Park fun day

A brand new community event hosted by the Whyalla Stuart Collective Impact Project was held in McRitchie Park last week.

The free-entry event ran from 4pm-6pm last Thursday, with a number of stalls on offer including food and drink, educational activities, arts and crafts.

Sports events and a jumping castle were also provided.

Beyond Bank, the Whyalla City Council, Opal, D’faces of Youth, Whyalla Stuart R-7 Campus, Stuart High School, SA Police, TAFE SA, Housing SA, and local churches all fronted stalls at the event.

The Whyalla City Council and Beyond Bank both provided funding for the event.

Community services manager of the Schools Ministry Group Michael Edgecomb said the main goal of the event was to make a connection with the community.

“The main goal is to get to know the community, hang out and spend time with them,” he said.

Mr Edgecomb said the event was an expansion on previous events hosted by the group.

“Beyond Bank and council have come on board and put some money in to sponsor the event and so we thought we would give it a go,” he said.

The event was well-attended, which Mr Edgecomb said he wasn't prepared for.

“I didn't expect it at all, there were around 250 people in total!”  he said.

“It’s great just to spend time with them.”

The Whyalla Stuart Collective Impact Project is a framework which tackles complex social problems.

It consists of representation from Families SA, Housing SA, SA Police, Whyalla City Council, local churches, Mission Australia, UniSA Department of Rural Health, Department for Education and Child Development, Smith Family, Country Health South Australia and Child Adolescent Mental Health Service.

The group are hoping to hold the event two-to-three times a term at the same place and same time.