The giant bumper balls were a hit at the Malvern Family Fun Day

Family fun in Malvern

by Ann van Engelen

The Two Rivers Community Trust held a day for people to join together as part of the vision to help create a resilient community where people belong, contribute and flourish.

“More than 1,400 community members got to feel that connectedness, as they came together and enjoyed some good old-fashion fun, at the annual Malvern family fun day held on Waitangi Day,” says event organiser Rachael Inch.

“The weather was glorious, and the vibe was high with enjoyment by those attending showing everywhere you looked. The day began with good old-fashioned sack and wheelbarrow races, and quickly the activities were filled with families enjoying the fun.

“The local volunteers, including Malvern Community Vehicle Trust, St John, Malvern Hub, Foodbank, Two Rivers Community Trust and community patrol turned up to showcase what they do for our community. The Darfield Volunteer Fire Brigade took families for rides on the vintage fire engine.

Selwyn Parenting Network had a great time with children at their gumboot throwing competition. There was an array of colour flying at the hugely popular Selwyn Creative Network water gun painting station.

“The team of volunteers who pulled the event together made it special. It is our local people who are on the ground giving their time and energy to serve the community that makes all the difference.

“During the years they have built upon our community spirit, and people at the event took care of their rubbish and left nothing lying around. Our rural community of Malvern is strong, and together we will continue the ethos of what a neighbour can do for a neighbour.”