The PCYC was on the receiving end of the kindness of the Parkes Men’s Shed recently when the centre received its very first table tennis kit. The table tennis was bought at SportsPower, who in turn donated the accessories including bats, net and balls. “We wanted to give kids something else to do during school holidays,” said Ron Fewings, President of the Men’s Shed.
Treasurer Trevor Gilbert explained that their organisation received some income from community jobs, including furniture repairs, bird boxes made for Northparkes Mine and cleaning out pipefittings for the mine. He said this enabled them to donate something back to the community.
Up to 46 children attend vacation care per day at the PCYC, while about 18 come to after school care during the week, according to Amanda Sutton, Manager of the PCYC. She said the PCYC was always looking for new activities to make it more attractive for the community, especially teenagers. The centre was established in 1984 and offers a wide range of activities for both adults and children.