Club Marconi donation helps to maintain playgroup Stay and Play at the Gym

Marconi chief executive Grant Imerson and Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone with one of the centre's participants Frankie at Fairfield City Council’s Fairstart Early Intervention playgroup Stay and Play . Picture: Simon Bennett
Marconi chief executive Grant Imerson and Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone with one of the centre's participants Frankie at Fairfield City Council’s Fairstart Early Intervention playgroup Stay and Play . Picture: Simon Bennett

Frankie likes to play – and now he can stay.

A $15,080 Club Marconi donation will help maintain Fairfield City Council’s Fairstart Early Intervention playgroup Stay and Play at the Gym for children with additional needs.

For Cabramatta West resident Frankie, who will turn three this month, the free weekly playgroup is a highlight of his week.

“He gets to meet and play with other kids and pick up thinks like speaking,” mum Anita said.

“He had heart surgery when he was three-weeks-old to reconnect a pulmonary artery and is a bit delayed with his speech so the playgroup is very important for him.” 

Patrick enjoying his time at Stay and Play.

Patrick enjoying his time at Stay and Play.

Stay and Play is a partnership with Bonnyrigg Public School and is offered at the school as well as Greenfield Park on alternating Thursday mornings.

Under the guidance of occupational therapists, children using the gym equipment are exposed to a “sensory diet” of sound, light, touch, movement and pressure experiences that support the development of self-regulation.

Ollie using the gym equipment.

Ollie using the gym equipment.

The centre has provided specialised support and services for infants and young children who have developmental delays or disabilities, their families and communities for more than 25 years.

Club Marconi chief executive Grant Imeson said: “This is a great community initiative from Fairfield City Council where families of children with disabilities are able to access services to build the children’s capabilities and enhance their quality of life through the Stay and Play at the Gym project.”

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone welcomed the donation and said Stay and Play at the Gym is a “safe and caring environment” that is designed to support children indoors and outdoors.

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