TWO weeks ago, our local schools held the biggest dress-up event of the year, Book Week.
Unfortunately for those students who were keen to dress up as their favourite book characters, state government restrictions meant they would have to stay home for the week of fun activities.
But Terry White Chemmart Korumburra quickly came up with a wonderful idea to help cheer up the local kids.
They decided to run a competition and encourage kids to dress up as their favourite book characters and share a picture of them in their costume.
And the best costumes would be awarded a microwaveable winter warmie from Terry White Chemmart Korumburra.
When the idea was devised, Terry White Chemmart Korumburra thought they’d get a handful of entries, but to their surprise, more than 40 entries from residents all over South Gippsland came in.
And they were soon getting plenty of feedback from parents about how much the competition had been able to cheer up their children.
On the last day of Book Week, the staff got amongst the festivities, and they too dressed up, brightening the day of every customer that wandered in.
It was extremely tough to decide whose costume was best, but in the end, they were able to settle on three winners.
Grayson, who was dressed up as Harry Potter, was over the moon to win the competition and his mum Alicia explained how excited he was to even get the chance to dress up.
“When the regional lockdown was announced again, we were disappointed to find out that all the kids wouldn’t be at school to celebrate Book Week this year,” Alicia said.
“Our school put together a virtual parade of all the wonderful costumes, then we decided to enter Grayson’s photo into the Terry White Chemist Book Week competition.”
“He was absolutely stoked to have won and he was so excited to go in pick up his prize.
“He said: ‘It makes me very grateful to live in town that is so generous; I’ve never won anything in my life before, thank you so much.’”
Coop and his KFC Bucket, along with a straw hat and flannelette shirt, made for a perfect costume from the book ‘There was an old bloke who swallowed a chook’.
He was very excited to dress up and win the winter warmie.
And having KFC for lunch was a nice bonus!
“I had fun dressing up for Book Week. It gave me something different to do instead of schoolwork,” Coop said.
“It was funny trying on different clothes for a costume.
“I was so happy when I won, mum took me to the chemist the next morning so I didn’t miss out on the dinosaur warmie that I had my eye on from the start.”
Ailu Liu from Terry White Chemmart Korumburra said it was great to see the kids have some fun in lockdown.
“Lockdown has been hard on everyone, however, it has been especially difficult for our kids who are missing out on seeing their friends at school and creating childhood memories like Book Week and dressing up,” Ailu said.
“It really warmed our hearts to see so many smiling children participate and receive such positive feedback.”