Spring has sprung in Sydney and it's time to unpack your picnic blanket, find a patch of grass and enjoy the warm, sunny days.
If you're looking for something fun to do to welcome the picnic season, Homicide Victims' Support Group (HVSG) is hosting a FREE picnic at Parramatta Park on Sunday, 30 August 2015.
The 2015 PeaceNic is an inaugural event and promises to be a wonderful day for the whole family with free entertainment and activities.
Food and cake stalls, drinks and other goodies will be available at the event or you can BYO picnic while supporting the great work of HVSG. For the kids, there'll be plenty of fun with activities, games and a jumping castle - all in the picture perfect grounds of Parramatta Park.
HVSG is a unique organisation - one of a kind in New South Wales. It was established in 1993 by the parents of Anita Cobby and Ebony Simpson, both families having lost their daughters to murder. HVSG offers counselling and support to families and friends of homicide victims as well as other services, including Ebony and Ivory Houses - cottages, set in beautiful, calm and safe surroundings, giving victims' families a place to go when they feel overwhelmed with everyday life. Here, families have the opportunity to spend some quiet time alone or with each other.
In addition, HVSG is currently working towards establishing Grace's Place, a trauma centre for children and young people. It will be a world first – a residential trauma recovery centre for children who have lost someone to homicide.
As well as the entertainment at Parramatta Park, you'll have the opportunity to meet Ride for Justice riders. These riders are members of the Emergency Services and are riding in support of HVSG members and the amazing work of HVSG. The Ride for Justice will start at the Community and Road Education Scheme (C.A.R.E.S.) at Auto Place, Prospect, pass the Anita Cobby Reserve at Blacktown, travel past Windsor Police Station then hit the finish line at Parramatta Park to be greeted by everyone participating in the PeaceNic picnic.
This is a day for HVSG members and the community to acknowledge all homicide victims and their families and to create awareness that any type of violence can lead to death.
So, gather your family, friends, picnic blankets and baskets and come along for a great day in support of a wonderful and worthwhile cause.
For more information, contact HVSG on 02 8833 8400.
PeaceNic is a FREE event but to help organisers with numbers, please RSVP to email@example.com by 25 August 2015.