Hundreds of Moree children enjoy Saturday night activities run by PCYC

BIG TURNOUT: Around 80 children enjoyed the PCYC activities on Saturday night, with a visit from Anthony Mundine capping off the night. PHOTO: PCYC Moree
BIG TURNOUT: Around 80 children enjoyed the PCYC activities on Saturday night, with a visit from Anthony Mundine capping off the night. PHOTO: PCYC Moree

PCYC Moree has continued to enjoy success at its Saturday night activities in partnership with the Moree Police.

A total of around 250 children have been at the PCYC across the three weeks the programs have been running.

"The February period was a bit of a trial to see if there's a bit of an appetite for it to be here," Moree Police Station officer-in-charge Inspector Martin Burke said.

"It's clear that it is, we've put in for some funding to keep it running until the end of the financial year, but we're going to keep it going, it's clear the kids want it."

Inspector Burke said there will be a full analysis of any crime and issues in town while these programs are running but at this stage the feedback from police cars and local businesses regarding youth related issues has been very positive.

Around 80 children were there on Saturday, February 23 and were treated to a special surprise when Anthony Mundine came down for a visit.

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There is no shortage of activities for the children with games of table tennis, basketball, soccer and cricket all going on as well as a quieter area where they can plug into the wi-fi and enjoy some music.

"Probably the best way to describe it is organised chaos but it all seems to work," Inspector Burke said.

"All the kids have been really well behaved, very few issues with the kids.

"It's a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and team building."

Inspector Burke said there has been a great turnout of volunteers that have helped out with the program and has enjoyed the ability to work with other community programs like Miyay Birray, SHAE Academy and Salvation Army.

The PCYC and Miyay Birray buses have been on hand to provide safe transport for any children that need it and Woolworths and McDonald's have also provided all the children with food and water. 

Inspector Burke is excited to continue the program and is hopeful to expand it even further.

"Once we do a bit more analysis, we can really see the tangible impacts it's having with the view of down the track of hopefully being able to expand the program to other nights or have other youth programs to come on board to run programs during the week," he said.