IT was a childhood dream come true for children from
Kennerley Children’s Homes and Glenorchy City Council’s Child Care Connections
when they were gifted free passes to the Wiggles concert – just in time for
The roof of the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC) was
nearly lifted off with the noise of thousands of excited small Wiggles fans
belting out their favourite songs.
DEC venue manager Renee Brown said she donated 70 concert
tickets to Kennerley Children’s Homes and Child Care Connections.
She said the management team wanted to give the children who
would not normally be given the chance to see such a concert.
“We wanted to think outside the square,” she said.
“In terms of Child Care Connections, it was about reaching
the community of Glenorchy and for the Kennerley children, it was looking for a
local charity that does not have the exposure of others.
“While there are so many deserving children’s charity groups
out there, we wanted to support a lesser known one.”
Child Care Connections manager Kate Whitbread said the 40
children were “extremely excited” with one group being surprised on the
“The educators kept it a secret and announced to the
children they were doing something special that day and they were going to the
Wiggles,” she said.
“The children drove to the Wiggles on a blue bus, although
one youngster was very annoyed that the bus wasn’t yellow.
“They waited patiently, but as soon as the music started
there was so much excitement with lots of jumping, singing, dancing and looks
“Some of our children had never been to a concert due to
families having more than one child, which makes it very expensive at Christmas
“It was heart-warming watching their reactions and that they
were at the concert with their friends.”
Charles said the Red Wiggle, Simon, high fived him.
Davina said she “had so much fun” and that it was “the best
Caption: Four-year-olds, from left, Taylor Cripps, Cooper Chaffey, Daisy Holborow, Louis Perrett and Florence Perrett get ready to attend their very first Wiggles concert.