FunLoong Fun Day 2023

FunLoong Fun Day was held on Saturday 28th of October this year. It is an annual event celebrating Children’s Week running in Greater Bendigo for the past 10 years. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hargreaves Mall and Williamson Street were transformed into a fun and lively space full of free activities and entertainment for children and families.

Some of the YO Bendigo crew were there on the day including many of our volunteers. The YO Events team created a beautifully decorated coloured skirt around the stage. This was in response to an action from the Disability and Inclusion audit. YO Events volunteers also assisted with the music and stage management on the day.

Deputy Youth Mayor Lilly Correll MCing the Fun Loong Fun Day

City of Greater Bendigo’s Deputy Youth Mayor Lilly Correll was the MC for the event and she did a brilliant job! Deputy Youth Mayor Correll said “FunLoong Fun Day was a joyous occasion for so many children enjoying the wide variety of events available. The family theme made it a welcoming atmosphere.”

This year’s event attracted over 3,000 children and families to the City’s CBD, creating a wonderful energy throughout the space. In total, 33 groups, businesses and organisations participated and contributed to the successful event. Some stalls were The Zone, Coliban Water, the City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Community Health Services, AFL Central Vic, the KiT Van, Gurri Wanyarra and so many more.

multicultural dancing

The stage had a variety of performances throughout the event including Troy Firebrace, Amy Tie, Central Victorian Lion and Dragon Teams, Filipino Cultural Dance, the Colours of India Cultural Dance and a Karen Culture Youth Group Dance. Deputy Youth Mayor Lilly Correll commented, “The performances of the day demonstrated Greater Bendigo’s cultural diversity, this is important to encourage and foster in our city.”

Overall, FunLoong Fun Day was a huge success, “All the children had smiles on their faces, and that is what the day was about, creating happy memories and many smiles among families” said Deputy Youth Mayor Lilly Correll.