Geckos to celebate 10th birthday

GECKOS Family Centre, the tri-service facility established by then COMD 3Bde BRIG John Caligari, will celebrate 10 years of operation this month.
Co-ordinator WO1 Nicky Rothwell said the day on October 15 would be a short celebration of the centre and all it had achieved in its first decade.
The centre has grown in popularity as the years have rolled by… last month Nicky said more than 500 children participated in the school holiday activities at the centre, a record number.
Across six mornings, the children – mostly in the 5 years to 12 years bracket – enjoyed activities ranging from Grasshopper Soccer to an obstacle course set up at the Lavarack Barracks pool by PTI SGT Shane Bramley.
The 10-year anniversary celebrations would focus on children’s activities and family.
Nicky said Defence-support agencies and companies had thrown their support behind the celebration and would set up stalls, each offering a different children’s activity – from face-painting to wheelchair rugby on the tennis court.
And the 1RAR Acoustic Band will perform, there will be PMV rides, a jumping castle, petting zoo, rock climbing and raffles.
The party starts at 11am, with a barbeque lunch firing up not long after that.
Nicky said there was a minimum of official presentations, but, importantly, they included announcing the winners of the three age categories in the Defence Health Colouring-In competition.

Breaking with tradition a little bit, she planned to invite two of the youngest children present to cut the 10th Anniversary Cake.
There will be one special presentation and it will be made by one of the co-ordinators of the Geckos Craft Group, Defence spouse Renee Perkins, to COMD 3Bde BRIG Chris Field.
She will present the Commander with a 10-year commemorative quilt, designed and manufactured by the members of the craft group, led jointly by Renee and Narelle Caligari.
The quilt has been a labour of love for several months and was the reason sewing machines began to appear on the benches at their regular craft mornings.
Entry is $10 per Defence family (two adults and three children), $5 for singles, or extra children or guests of Defence families.
Bookings are essential to make catering possible.
Visit and get in quickly because it will close several days beforehand, or if numbers reach capacity before then.