Every year, kids from four youth hubs across the Gold Coast gather to design and create banners and signs, put their performance skills to the test and prepare dances, chants and war cries.

All of their hard work is in preparation for one big event – the annual Wesley Mission Queensland Winter Olympics, which offers fun activities to disadvantaged kids during the school holidays.

This year, the 8th Winter Olympics was held on Thursday 12 July at the Nerang Velodrome. More than 100 kids showcased their athletic skills on the day.

The Olympics was full of activity and kids competed in teams in activities including relays, egg and spoon races, sack races, and piggy back races.

Each year, the event brings together kids from hubs operated by Gold Coast City Council, which provide a safe place for young people, whose families are facing difficulties, to hang out.

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has supported the event since 2015, and this year is ramping up efforts by handing out 170 burgers, fresh fruit, cake and drinks to energised kids and organisers.

Tina Adams, Wesley Mission’s Coordinator of Youth Hubs, said she was delighted the RRT generously contributed again this year.

“Many of our kids and organisers comment each year there would not be a Winter Olympics without the RRT,” Ms Adams said.

“Our kids love the RRT. Every year the RRT take the time to talk to and engage with the kids. They tirelessly give their time and generosity. We are so grateful for the RRT’s continued support.”

An initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, the RRT is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of charitable events and emergencies.

Lloyd Grimshaw from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT jumped at the chance to contribute again at mini Winter Olympics this year.

“The RRT is thrilled to offer further assistance to the Wesley Mission Queensland in their efforts to provide care for young people who are facing hardship,” Mr Grimshaw said.

“Last year, the RRT not only provided catering but also judged the parade, dances and war cries at the start of the games.

“RRT volunteers are always delighted to hear the children comment on how much they enjoy the food we prepare for them and how the organisers appreciate our smiles and kind words.”

Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/

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