PCYC Tour visits the Gwydir Shire

January 30, 2020

The PCYC NSW Drought Break tour, is the PCYC’s largest consecutive tour and is all about providing youth in drought affected towns, the opportunity to enjoy themselves during the summer school holidays.

The After Darkes Beats and Barbecue tour has visited 15 regional locations including Warialda and Bingara, travelling thousands of kilometres to provide youth with sporting activities, a free barbecue dinner and an all-ages dance party to finish the evening.

Debby from PCYC Tamworth with some attendees at the Bingara After Dark Barbecue and Beats event.

Debby Herdegen, Club Manager from Tamworth PCYC was ecstatic with the turnout of both events, with eighty kids in attendance at both Warialda and Bingara. “The kids had a great time and not only did they have their dinner but they played games, won prizes and had a disco to round out the event,” said Debby.

“Towns have loved the fact we have brought this event to their town especially when it is a free event and that is the main point for us because it is a drought tour; it is about them having fun and not costing the families to go.”

Debby explained how the tour has been made possible through the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package.

“The NSW Government approached PCYC to bring this tour to drought affected towns to get the kids playing games and having fun to show them there are lots of entertaining things you can do in the school holidays,” said Debby. “And we wanted to outreach to the smaller towns because they don’t have a PCYC in their community.”

PCYC team members as well as two police officers run the After Dark Beats and Barbecue event with various games played on the evening from musical statues and skipping before the disco lights are brought out and the music is turned up. “Once the music is turned up, they just want to dance,” laughed Debby.