Pandemic babies to be welcomed in special ceremony

Date published: 20 August 2021

Families with babies born during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic can now register for a special Welcoming Babies Ceremony at the Palmetum next month.

The special event is a way for the community to embrace its newest members.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the ceremony would be an inclusive event.

“We want every new Townsvillian to feel welcomed into the community, including babies,” Cr Greaney said.

“While we usually hold this event for infants, toddlers who were born during the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns in Townsville last year will be celebrated at this special Welcoming Babies Ceremony.

“This will be a lovely day out at the Palmetum for families who had a new addition in early 2020.”

Cr Greaney said this Welcoming Babies Ceremony would include a picnic for families to enjoy at the park.

“The theme this year is Teddy Bears’ Picnic, which will encompass the ceremony and a picnic at the Rainforest Lawn,” she said.

“Families will be able to enjoy a complimentary food hamper at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic and make the most of the beautiful Rainforest Lawn.”

The Welcoming Babies Ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 12, at 10:30am, midday and 1:30pm. Children must be 13 months old by September 12 to take part.

Registrations are open now and close on Thursday, August 26.

Visit our Families page to register or for more information.