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The Housie shed will once again be up and running over the summer in Bruns. Photo Vivienne Pearson.

The Brunswick Housie Tent is set to be up and running again this summer and you can be part of the fun.

It was a close call for Housie. ‘We were about to pull the pin, then the school stepped in’ says Russell Siwicki, spokesperson for the ALR Committee that oversees Housie.

‘We’d have hated to think that it might disappear so we are so excited for the community that it’s on again.’

The Brunswick Heads Public School P&C has taken on the mammoth task of running Housie. New coordinator, Kate Paige, is a Brunswick Heads Public School parent who assisted last year.

‘We call on the fabulous volunteers from last year to get ready to sign up for shifts and we look forward to welcoming new volunteers into the tent,’ says Kate.

Roles include running bats, being banker, and helping in the pick-a-prize tent.

‘All the regular callers love doing it and it’s easy to get the hang of so if you’ve ever thought about it, and can spare a couple of nights over the summer, please get in touch’ says Kate.

One person who volunteered last year was Ocean Shores resident, Richard Bradbury.

‘I’ve always loved Housie so decided to help out,’ he says. ’I never expected to get on the microphone. Calling games, including all those two little ducks, was so much fun! I’ll be volunteering again this year.’

The school would like to thank Jane Saunders and Ocean Shores PreSchool, who coordinated Housie for the past two years and the Brunswick Rescue Squad, who continue to provide invaluable assistance after running the tent for many years.

Russell echoes the encouragement for locals to support Housie by volunteering as well as playing.

‘We encourage anyone interested to contact Kate,’ he says.

The Housie Tent in Banner Park will be running from Dec 18 to January 20, open Tuesdays to Sundays, 7pm to 10pm.

If you are keen to help or to find out more, please contact Kate Paige on [email protected] or 0478 646 535.

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