18 October 2011

Thomas George, Member for Lismore has urged families to get involved in Grandparents Day activities in the local community to recognise and celebrate the contribution grandparents make to family life and the broader community.

Mr George said NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell recently announced the inaugural Grandparents Day would be held Sunday 30 October.

“Grandparents play an invaluable role in families. They enrich the lives of their grandchildren and other children in the community by providing care, mentoring and stability,” Mr George said.

“Across the State, there are going to be various community events conducted by local councils and Clubs NSW.”

“I encourage all local families to get involved and get in contact with the local council and clubs to find out more about what activities are on offer.”

“Alternatively, families can plan their own get together at home, visit their grandparents or even give them a call to let them know how much they mean to them and to thank them for all the help they have provided over the years.”

“Grandparents are the unsung heroes in our community, so it is fitting they are recognised with a day in their honour.

“The role of grandparents is more varied and diverse than ever before, with increasing numbers providing informal care and formal out-of-home care.

"NSW Grandparents Day will promote the value of grandparenting throughout NSW, acknowledging the contribution of grandparents and encouraging them to pass on their knowledge.”

More information about Grandparents Day is available on the Ageing, Disability and Home Care website at www.adhc.nsw.gov.au

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.