Time to Spoil Your Grandparents

11/10/2013

Grandparents are often known for spoiling their grandchildren but Grandparents Day on Sunday, 27 October, offers you a chance to return the favour.

Local MPs, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg and Mr Seath Holswich, said Grandparents Day was an important opportunity for Queenslanders to recognise and thank their grandparents.

"Grandparents give so much to their families and communities through their love, support, knowledge and life experience," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"There are also many grandparents who are full-time or part-time carers of their grandchildren."

"Grandparents Day is the perfect opportunity for us to all thank grandparents and to let them know how much we appreciate their support."

Mr Holswich said there were many ways the day could be celebrated.

"You could bake your grandparents a cake, make them a card or get together for a family barbeque," he said.

"Schools, child care centres and community groups could also hold a special event to recognise grandparents."

"To help you out, there are a range of free resources available including posters, postcards and downloadable certificates of recognition for grandparents."

"I encourage Pine Rivers and Kallangur families to start thinking of ways they can make their grandparents' day special on 27 October."

According to ABS data, grandparents are the guardians or main carers of their grandchildren in around 16,000 Australian families, while around 937,000 children receive child care from a grandparent on a regular basis.

The theme of this year's Grandparents Day is ‘Make your grandparent's day!'

For more information and to order or download Grandparents Day resources, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 135 500.