Free fun for families with Linking Hands EXPO

Above, This year, more than 200 people attended the March 13 Linking Hands EXPO and Family Fun Day at North Dundas District High School. David Sypes is pictured having his face painted by EarlyON’s Rachelle Doth. Courtesy photo.

CHESTERVILLE— More than 200 people attended the March 13 Linking Hands EXPO and Family Fun Day last week.

This year, the annual event was held at North Dundas District High School and it was free to attend.

“We were able to provide free entrance this year due to the generosity of several sponsors, including Antonella Holmes, Brennan Law, Community Living Dundas County, Jason Firlotte, and O’Farrell Financial,” Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman said. “The venue was also offered to us free of charge.”

Roughly 15 agency representatives were on site ready to answer questions and give information about available services and resources. Tri-County Literacy was one of several agencies who joined the EXPO for the first time, ready to talk to local residents about available programming in Dundas County.

Bouncy castles, ride-on toys, obstacle course and games were available in the gymnasium, while agencies and vendors were set up in the cafeteria alongside arts and crafts activities, face painting, and the canteen. This year’s event included an interactive presentation from Sing Song Party Time, giving children a chance to sing, dance, and try out some instruments.

About Linking Hands Linking Hands is an initiative of the House of Lazarus. It is guided by a Steering Committee with representatives from more than a dozen agencies, as well as the community. Some of the regular projects and programs led by Linking Hands include the Dundas County Green Food Box, Lunch & Learn, Welcome Dundas, and more.

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