On Wednesday 26th March the Ark Toy & Activity Centre officially opened its new playground area at East Grampians Health Service, Ararat. The Director of Support Services at EGHS, Mr Stuart Kerr officially opened the outdoor play area, Mr Kerr said “All children who visit the Health Service will be able to access this fun filled area, an area for families to relax with children who are visiting, this is a great addition and gives children an area to play in”
The President The Ark Toy & Activity Centre Auxiliary, Mrs. Kaye Chamings highlighted that Mr Kerr worked very closely with the Auxiliary members to help plan the playground area which was completed by EGHS staff Ray Mason & Johnathon Jende and the EGHS maintenance team. Mrs. Chamings thanked all who were involved in building the play ground.
East Grampians Health Service Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nick Bush commented that he was very supportive to the suggestion of establishing an outdoor play area and congratulates the members of the Auxiliary for all their efforts.
Mrs. Chamings said “
The Play Ground Area surrounded by a trike track nestled in a beautiful part of the EGHS gardens. Central to the play area is a piece of play equipment gifted by the Health Service to the then Ark Toy Library.
This new addition to the Ark Toy & Activity Centre has been made possible through money raised at our annual film day.”
Mrs. Chamings said “We look forward to children and their families using this beautiful area, playgroups, mothers groups and children visiting a family member in the Health Service can access the play area.”
Mrs. Chamings explained that the Ark Toy and Activity Centre has been set up the Centre to cater for all children, including those with special needs. The Centre also provides access to speech therapy and with a special focus of the Centre is games and puzzles that assist the elderly with dementia and memory issues.
The Ark Toy & Activity Centre Auxiliary President invites parents with children who would benefit from the wide variety of toys and games to visit the Centre.