Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Grandparents Day celebrated with 42 events

21/10/2012 12:00 AM
  • Grandparents to be honoured next Sunday at first-ever Grandparents Day

Kite making, Devonshire tea, picnics, scavenger hunts and even baseball training with the Perth Heat are just some of the ways Western Australia’s grandparents will be honoured at the State’s first ever Grandparents Day to be held next Sunday. 


Grandparents and grandchildren in Bencubbin will be making bath soaps and body butters, while others will be competing in tug-of-war, three-legged races and trying to keep their egg on the spoon, all in a bid to thank WA’s grandparents for their time and effort in the community.


Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today announced the 42 community events to be held across the State on Sunday, October 28, celebrating the role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives.


“Grandparents have a very special place in children’s lives and an annual Grandparents Day will provide an ideal opportunity to publicly recognise their valuable contributions to society,” Mrs McSweeney said.


“Grandparents offer their wisdom, care and guidance to their grandchildren and they are crucial building blocks to our community fabric.


“So many groups have come up with fantastic ideas for Grandparents Day and I strongly encourage West Australians to get involved within their communities to thank their local grandparents for their continued love and support.”


The Minister has awarded 42 grants to local shires and community groups - 25 in regional and rural areas and 17 in Perth and the Peel region.


The Grandparents Day grants program supports community events that will attract a diverse range of grandparents and community members.  Those organisations which did not apply for grants this year can still register their event with the Department of Communities at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au 


      Fact File

  • State’s first ever Grandparents Day to be held October 28
  • Full list of events attached
  • WA’s Grandparents Day coincides with similar day held in NSW
  • Another feature of day in free entry to The Bell Tower to all grandparents

Minister’s office - 6552 6500