Gnome for the holidays

Five-year-old Charlotte. Photo: Joe Mastroianni

By Jessica Micallef

It’s gnome big mystery – the Great Sunbury Gnome Hunt is back for another year.

Now in its sixth year, the event is a great way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays, according to Goonawarra Primary School parents and friends committee member Heidi Saffery.

“With several schools involved, the children enjoy having lots of fun looking for gnomes hidden in 25 businesses around Sunbury,” she said.

“It is a very successful and fun activity in the Sunbury community.”

Children can buy a gnome hunt passport for $10 at participating schools – Goonawarra Primary School, Kismet Park, Killara Primary School, Sunbury Primary School, Sunbury West and Sunbury Heights.

The passport lists the 25 Sunbury businesses that have a hidden gnome. Children then seek out as many gnomes as they can.

“All money goes back to the six schools from the passport sales,” Ms Saffery said.

“The businesses love the idea because it gets people into their businesses and in return they either donate a prize or they have discounts in their store.

“When you return your passports after the school holidays, they all go in a barrel and you get the opportunity to win a prize.

“It’s a win-win because it’s helping local businesses and it’s helping local schools to raise money.”

The gnome hunt runs from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 14.