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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Page: 11985


Mr VARVARIS (Barton) (13:46): This Saturday is the 2015 NSW Grandparents Day. This is a wonderful initiative by the state of New South Wales which encourages each and every one of us to recognise and celebrate the vital role grandparents have in society. More broadly, this Saturday is about cherishing the irreplaceable role grandparents have in our families and within the wider community. I know from experience how vital grandfathers and grandmothers are in our families and society, wherever they may live.

My wife and I can both attest to the enormous help both our parents provide to help with my young family, given our busy schedules. Both our parents nurture and care for John and Renee, and impart their wisdom when helping them learn essential life skills. I acknowledge how blessed we are as a family to have both our sets of parents close by and I know how much this means to my children.

So I look forward to this Saturday to celebrate the vital role all grandparents play. As part of the celebrations, I will be heading to my local St Cuthbert's Anglican Church at South Carlton. I look forward to meeting other families and their children, showing their completed Grandparents Day projects. The members of St Cuthbert's kitchen will be putting on a delicious sausage sizzle to mark the occasion. I give credit to the great state of New South Wales for this fantastic day.