Special Childrens Christmas party shows support
SANTA, Ronald McDonald and Christmas presents were the drawing card for over 600 excited children at the Rockhampton Special Childrens' Christmas Party on Saturday but their families saw a greater advantage.
For seven-year-old Jaikai Waiman and his mum Stacy Hare, the best part of the 23rd annual event was having the chance to spend a day with families in a similar situation as their own.
"Jaikai had a cerebral palsy so coming along to these sort of things really helps him," Ms Hare said.
"He gets to see other kids with a disability so that makes him feel part of something special.
"Jaikai loves it, he absolutely loves it.
"He loves socialising with the other kids."
Event organiser Bev Hockings was involved in the party for 16 years and said each year was more successful and more rewarding than the last.
"The children know they can all come together and they understand they are not alone, they understand there are other children out there just like them and they get to see that," Ms Hockings said.
"We are very grateful for the efforts of the volunteers."