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Mansfield Community Cubby House have recently been able to open their new bike track, an addition that has made the popular childcare centre of choice an even more exciting place to be.

Cubby are Mansfield’s only not-for-profit early education and care centre, serving over 230 families in our local community. The idea for a bike track installation for our kids started with the Parent Committee in 2021, who created a fundraising campaign and reached out to the wider community to help raise funds.

“Families, businesses and members of the community worked hard to raise the money for the bike track”, says Children’s services Manager, Cassie Daykin. “With the generous donations of the Cubby House Community, we were able to raise a total of $12,479.”

The committee then organised a Trivia Night fundraiser in July 2022, raising an additional $3483.60, and putting on a great night for all of Cubby’s families and friends to say thanks.

In late July, Cubby staff were excited to get the track laid, so with the help of parent committee members, educators and friends, they began the task of prepping the track. Local companies TVS and Lima South Quarry chipped in to help with the big jobs, and the kids also put on their gloves and helped.

“We were still just below target after the first round of prep”, says Mrs Daykin, “so Cubby House Educators pulled together and ran a sausage sizzle and raised a further $1696.30, getting us over the line!”

After a few timing setbacks, Cubby was finally able to finish the bike track in March 2023.

“The result and satisfaction of seeing the track begin and the final result was such a huge achievement for all those involved,” Mrs Daykin said. “The children are absolutely loving every day they spend outside on their new track, and able to have the best fun on the bikes and use the track for many fun activities.”

“It’s with huge thanks we get to have such members of the community give back and put smiles on the Mansfield Community Cubby House’s children, and those that will use the track for years to come. We are so thankful to be a part of such an amazing community”.

Cubby House were also lucky enough to receive a grant from the newly appointed Mansfield Bush Market Committee as part of their Community Fund, to ensure the children had new bikes for the track, as well as some road signs and working traffic lights to teach road safety.

All individuals and businesses who

contributed financially or with time donated will have their names and business logos permanently alongside the track in thanks.

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