Despite the wet start to the day, the Rotary Club of Balwyn and Interchange Outer East Family Fun Day was a great success.

As always, the Box Hill Miniature Railway was the perfect spot for children and their families to relax and enjoy themselves. There were smiling faces everywhere and plenty to keep everyone occupied with miniature train rides, a petting zoo, a fire engine to explore and a rock wall to climb. The kids made the most of the face painting on offer, sat enthralled in the magic show, posed for the caricature artist and bounced around on the jumping castle, while their carers relaxed with the free massages. Hunger and thirst were kept at bay with both children and adults enjoying free sausages, drinks, fruit and icy poles. Visits from the SES, local police, St Johns Ambulance and the CFA also added to the activities.

The highlight of the day would have to have been a visit from Santa, who rode in on the train and handed out treats to all of the kids while jazz musicians played our favourite carols.

The day would not have been possible without the help of many company sponsors and supporters who kindly donated their time, money and products. They supplied everything including showbags for the kids and endless raffle prizes , plus lots of freebies through the day. The day ran smoothly all thanks to Rotary Club of Balwyn, Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society and Interchange Outer East volunteers.