“I believe the children are our future”

Yes, Ms Whitney Houston. Yes, they are, and Universal Children’s Day is the perfect way to celebrate them! At Canada Bay Club, we celebrate children on a daily basis, from the support we provide to local schools and regional sporting clubs to the inclusion of children in our community club and its activities.

Here in Australia we celebrate Universal Children’s Day on the fourth Wednesday of October each year. This official day of recognition of our younger generations was introduced in 1954 on the back of the United Nations declaring an international day be observed to devote attention to children throughout the world, to promote and celebrate children’s rights. The “official” date of Universal Children’s Day on November 20 marks the day the General Assembly actually adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, highlighting a child’s right to life, to health, to education and to play.

Childhood should be magical

Imagine a world where all children are treated with respect and kindness, celebrated for their differences or allowed to grow up without pressure or violence in safe, happy environments. Isn’t that every parent’s hope for their child? Sadly, this vision isn’t universal and so each year the United Nations encourages every country around the world to focus on their future generations and celebrate children.

Education is at the heart of making this change happen and giving support to those kids who need it most. Networks like The Infants Home in Ashfield and organisations such as Learning Links help provide safe avenues for children to learn and flourish towards a brighter future. Canada Bay Club is proud to sponsor such wonderful organisations.

Supporting tomorrow’s leaders

At Canada Bay Club we have always believed that supporting and honouring children should happen every single day. Whether we’re sponsoring local youth sports teams, like Abbotsford Junior Football, Concord Junior Soccer Club or Leichhardt Junior Rugby League; supporting school initiatives, such as the Abbotsford Primary School, Abbotsfood cookbook; or offering free kids meals at our restaurants, Baysia and The Family Brasserie, we always have the kids in mind.

Making a difference

Have you heard of CanTeen? It’s a national support organisation for young people (12-24 years) living with cancer, including cancer patients, their siblings and young people with parents or primary carers with cancer. It was founded by young cancer patients in 1985 and its policies continue to be guided by young people.

What about Redkite? This is another great Australian cancer charity providing essential support to young people (0-24 years) with cancer, and the family and support networks that care for them.

They’re just two of the charities that specialise in making a difference to the lives of children everywhere and we’re proudly giving them a hand. Recently, we committed the funds from our Director’s raffle to CanTeen. And in December we’ll do the same for Redkite. So keep an eye out for your opportunity to come to Canada Bay Club and support us supporting the kids.

Don’t miss our annual Christmas Toy Raffle at the club on December 14 – it’s is a great opportunity to win fantastic prizes as well as contribute to the wonderful work Redkite does for our children. Because on Universal Children’s Day – and every other day of the year – our kids matter and every little bit counts.

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