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It’s time to get down and (Blue Light) disco dance

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November 29, 2017

Leading Senior Constable Brenda Wallis and Trish Ronning (centre) hope to relaunch the Blue Light Disco in Kyabram.

IT’S been two years since Kyabram kids switched on the strobe lights and whipped out their best worm for the Blue Light Disco.

But local police are working to bring this Friday night highlight back to town.

Gathering six nights a year, the Blue Light Disco is a vital opportunity for children to connect with police – while literally having a ball.

“It’s important for kids to have contact with police, otherwise fear can grow from a young age,” Leading Senior Constable Brenda Wallis said.

“Having these nights means we can build rapport and kids can feel more comfortable approaching and speaking to us.

“Through the Blue Light Disco, we hope to break down negativity towards police, build relationships with the kids and assist them in heading in the right direction.”

While Brenda is bursting with enthusiasm about the disco, she said it’s been difficult to find other keen volunteers.

And if they don’t manage to get a committee together this year, the popular event may have to fold.

“While I think people are eager to bring their kids to the disco, they can be daunted by the prospect of helping organise,” Brenda said.

“But unfortunately if people want a blue light disco they need to put their hands up and help.”

Brenda said joining the blue light committee was a minimal commitment, with one to two meetings a year, an annual general meeting and short debriefs after each night.

“Volunteers also help with setting up and cleaning up on the night. And at the end of the night we just order pizza and chat about how it all went for half an hour,” she said.

With a canteen for food and drinks, glow wear on sale and of course top-notch tunes, the nights offer a fantastic opportunity for kids to dance and socialise in a safe environment.

The Blue Light Disco nights last for three hours and are held once a month from the warm months of October to December and February to April.

The nights are for kids aged prep to year nine. For more information contact Brenda at the police station on 5853 1777 or by email [email protected]

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