Stepping Stones Activity Day - an enormous success


The Stepping Stones Activity Day was a huge success with some 210 children taking part in a variety of activities, including Scuba Diving, Sailing, Horse riding, Arts and Crafts, Trampolining, Games, Football, Tennis and lots more.

Watch the film showing the activities and the children who take part in a wide range of new challenges.

Take a look at some of the photographs of the day.

...and listen to podcasts of children on the day reflecting on the activities they have done. We also captured some thought from parents and helpers.

Larry Sullivan said...

"Another magnificent day. Two hundred children and all trying at least one new activity from scuba diving to sailing via many other activities. Massive thanks to all the helpers/trainers who give their time and expertise selflessly. Thanks also to the tremendous support from Oasis and their ever generous clients. I'm sure the momentum will continue to our 7th Annual event in June 2007."

Jo Franklin, Oasis (main sponsor of this event) commented...

"The Stepping Stones Hemi Activity day, now in it's 6th year is an event that touches an ever increasing number of people, all contributing to making the day success in a way that is both relevant and enjoyable to them.

It is now the 5th year that OASIS has sponsored this popular event and every year the event both exhausts me (in a good way) and humbles me. The courage that the children and their families show in the face of varying degrees of adversity is simply overwhelming to come to realise. The clear enjoyment to be seen on the children's faces as they experience new activities or meet new friends that make them feel less alone, makes our every efforts so worthwhile.

The contribution of our clients, suppliers and associates and the OASIS team help to enhance the day, we play a small but important part, and this year their support was particularly generous for which I extend my wholehearted thanks to all. The biggest well done of course to the Stepping Stones team and each and every helper on the day."

Submitted by Jonathan Furness on Mon, 2006-06-26 12:21.
Submitted by visitor on Mon, 2006-06-26 14:20.

A huge thanks to everyone. Josh and I had a great day and look forward to next year!

Submitted by visitor on Mon, 2006-06-26 14:43.

Hello, everyone! Had another fab time at the HemiHelp Fun Day! :-) I enjoyed everything! :-) My favourite things were the horse-riding and of course the scuba diving!! :-) My confidence grew when I did the sailing this year! :-) Everytime when I come down to Sandy and Larry's I always feel that I have achieved something and it gives me a real boost in confidenced! :-) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR A GREAT DAY! I can't wait for next year thats if Im invited again! :-)
Oh by the way, I thought that the podcasts were great! :-)

Submitted by visitor on Mon, 2006-06-26 15:39.

Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday. Great activities with a terrific spirit of volunteerism. Huge amount of work and planning involved and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved. The rained stayed away, the balloons soared and England are (somehow)through to the next round. What more could anyone ask for?

From John, Emilie, Alice and Marje x

Submitted by visitor on Mon, 2006-06-26 16:42.

A big thank you to Sandy and Larry for once again giving the children a wonderful day. We all had a lovely day and I even enjoyed myself using the computers and helping the children to produce a piece of work. Can't wait till next year. Jonathan will probably have Stepping Stones producing for Hollywood by then! Thank you again to everyone involved. Ps thank you to Debbie the food was great.

Submitted by visitor on Wed, 2006-06-28 18:44.

What another great fun day! Great fun was had by all who took part - including the helpers! A lot of hard work and effort goes into pulling this altogether and to see the children's faces and hear their reactions makes it all so worth while.

Submitted by visitor on Sat, 2006-07-01 10:10.

The Stepping Stones Activity day was really good, it was great to be involved with something that was really worthwhile & I am looking forward to next year.

Submitted by visitor on Sun, 2006-07-16 21:53.

I really enjoyed the Stepping Stones Activity day i hope everyone did learn someing new i new i did eating popcorn ....