Family shares hope and art with Birkdale community amid COVID-19

HOPE FENCE: Destiny, 5, painted poppies for Anzac Day.
HOPE FENCE: Destiny, 5, painted poppies for Anzac Day.

A BIRKDALE family has encouraged others to get out and brighten their communities as COVID-19 weighs heavy on many Redlanders.

Four of Katherine and Mark McGibbon's children - aged 2, 5, 10 and 12 - have been adding their artwork to a fence beside a Carinyan Drive park since before the April school holidays.

"Family friends near Melbourne started one and we loved the message and idea behind it," Ms McGibbon said.

"My prep student said she wanted people to smile when they saw it as we share some hope, light and love around.

"It has created some local interest with much of the neighbourhood out getting their exercise."

SPREADING THE JOY: Destiny, Miricah and Noah with parents Katherine and Mark McGibbon.

SPREADING THE JOY: Destiny, Miricah and Noah with parents Katherine and Mark McGibbon.

Ms McGibbon said it had been a fun family project while the children were learning at home.

"We have had a few installations to incorporate the special events (like) Easter, Anzac Day and Mother's Day.

"It's been a great project for our multicultural family to participate in. Our 10 year old has been folding origami bookmarks to give away."

Other families had also made contributions to the Hope Fence, much to the children's excitement.

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