There was heaps of excitement in Baan Baa on January 30, as Narrabri and District Community Aid Service filled the village hall with balloons, bubbles and epic tunes for an end of school holiday extravaganza for local kids.

This was a first for Baan Baa and for NDCAS, and was all thanks to a message from Ellen McClung, which got the ball rolling.

The secretary and treasurer of the Baan Baa Hall reached out to a Facebook post from NDCAS asking their community to let them know what activities they’d like to see during the school holidays.

“I approached NDCAS and asked if they would consider doing an outreach disco to the village of Baan Baa, and I think we’ve had a great response for a small place,” said Ellen.

“I think it’s great, and despite the heat, the kids are having so much fun.”

NDCAS community engagement officer Kayla Nehrkorn was thrilled to be able to facilitate something new for local kids, as NDCAS’ presence in Baan Baa is normally for client-based visits.

“I was in my planning stage for school holidays, and I put a post on Facebook around November, and Ellen responded wondering if we would be interested in hosting a school holiday activity in their village.

“We were very interested.

“This is our first time coming out here and putting on an event for the community and we’re inspired to do more outreach,” said Kayla.

Icy poles, bubbles and balloons and lots of yummy treats were on offer, with some disco attendees even travelling from Narrabri for round two of the NDCAS disco series.

Ellen was happy to see the Baan Baa Hall being used for the unique event and hopes that it sparks inspiration for more ways that the community can come together to enjoy the lovely space which has been in the community for 100 years.

“We celebrated our centenary late last year and are just really looking forward to getting the community back involved in the hall post-COVID,” said Ellen.

“The hall has been an essential space for so many celebrations and it’s a great facility, it’s really well maintained now, we’ve got a new playground, and it’s a great spot for a family or community gathering.”

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