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A variety of activities planned for tomorrow’s ‘Bounce for Autism’ fair

What does a basketball, beloved storybook character Tigger and a kangaroo have in common? They all bounce — and you can too if you take part in Tomorrow's Voices ‘Bounce for Autism' annual event, happening tomorrow from 2pm until 8pm.

Kicking off at Southampton Rangers Sports Club, families and children of all ages are encouraged to come out and support a worthy cause.

All proceeds from the $10 admission fee go towards Tomorrow's Voices Autism Centre and the families it supports.

Thea Furbert, the charity's co-founder, said they were hoping to attract the biggest crowd ever with their third annual event.

She said the fun day would feature the same fun elements as the past two years, but with a few special guests.

Attendees will get to delight in activities throughout the day, including eight bouncy castles, water slides and races, food and snack stalls, dance competitions, toy stalls, face painting and tattoos, as well as an information booth where people can find out more about autism and the volunteer opportunities available at the centre.

There will also be an official opening ceremony happening at 4pm, featuring a few words from the Minister of Health and Minister of Education.

“This event will not only bring together our typical and special needs children to enjoy the same activities, but will also bring parents and families out to participate in a variety of games while supporting a charity so valuable to the Bermuda community,” Ms Furbert said.

“Funds raised from the ‘Bounce For Autism' Fun Day will go directly to continuing the sustainability of the great organisation we call Tomorrow's Voices.

“The charity being the only Autism Early Intervention Centre in Bermuda provides the much needed therapy to children with autism and other developmental disabilities in Bermuda, while also supporting the community through workshops, parent trainings, a Saturday social skills group and a number of other support services geared to help those who have exceptional abilities.”

She said children with autism typically loved to bounce and they thought a Community Fun Day with the focus of activities around bouncing would tie in perfectly with the organisation.

“As bouncing is the theme of the day, we also have ‘bouncing' competitions for attendees to participate in,” Ms Furbert explained. “With large bouncy balls, participants get to bounce race against each other and winners win great bouncy prizes.

“To bring a bit more fun to the event we encourage the attendees to participate in the Dance competition.

“This competition is geared towards children attending the event and gives them a chance to show off their dance moves.

“In the past few years we have had up to 50 children competing in the electric slide and other dances which brings added fun to the day and gives winners the opportunity to win great bouncy prizes.”

The event would not be possible without Funtyme Entertainment, who donated all their bouncer castles, in addition to sponsors D&J Construction, BELCO and The Market Place.

Photo by Akil Simmons Six-year-old Guannae Lowe takes a self-portrait with her father's cell phone during the 2012 Bounce for Autism Fun Day at Southampton Rangers.

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Published October 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 03, 2013 at 7:58 pm)

A variety of activities planned for tomorrow’s ‘Bounce for Autism’ fair

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