Say hello to our June Pregnancy + Baby issue of CHILD magazines, introduced by our Editor-in-chief, Kim Richards.
Here we are at the halfway mark for 2017; how did that happen? School reports pending, tax returns knocking and, once the long weekend has been and gone, we’re on the long, slow slide into those chilly Winter months.
For my family, this time of year also heralds the beginning of preparations for the annual school Spring Fair. This huge fundraiser raises over $40,000 for the school, and contributes vital funds towards the education of our kids. In past years, these funds purchased technological resources, building improvements, and even contributed towards learning support staff.
I have mixed feelings about fundraising; there is a part of me that laments the ever-increasing funding shortfalls that the community must compensate, and the other part of me that is invigorated and heartened by the community spirit that gets behind all of these events.
We’ve come a long way since the lamington drives of my ’80s childhood, or the chocolate boxes that Mum always ended up buying so we didn’t have to walk the streets selling them (although walking the streets would have been a healthier option compared to eating the whole box ourselves!). The P&C, government and health department share my view; and in some schools, the chocolate bar has been banned all together. With this in mind, we put together a choc-free list of fundraising ideas that you can use to inspire your community.
We also feature a touching story on premature birth, and talk to families about their unique experiences. Our twin cover models are two of 27,000 babies who will be born prematurely in Australia this year. The story includes helpful information for mums and their support teams.
Right now, I’m off to sign-up to the online rosters for the Spring Fair: Thomas’ class is on gate-takings, Eric’s got set-up and pack-up, Jemma’s class is on canteen, and Felix needs me on the lolly stall. I’m exhausted already!
Have a great month,
CHILD Magazines Editor