Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes

Amber's entry in the Grades 3-4 category. (Photo supplied)

Carole Levy

Children across Greater Geelong have been busy writing stories and poems, drawing pictures and taking photos or uploading videos for their chance to win at this year’s Bethany Superhero Awards, with entries closing on September 18 – just a fortnight away.

The Bethany Superhero Awards 2020 is a celebration of children-identified positive adult role models. Through the Superhero Awards, Bethany unearths the community’s unsung heroes and shares stories of kindness, strength, resilience and passion.

Olivia, who is in grade 3 at Bellaire Primary and Amber, in grade 5/6 at Fyans Park Primary, have already posted their entries [pictured], while diverse and creative submissions from other children are flooding in.

Meanwhile, Geelong Football Club (a major sponsor of the awards) recently sent three young players to Fyan’s Park Primary School to suggest how ‘superheroes’ can come in all shapes and sizes.

The children listened raptly as Jed Bews, Zach Guthrie and Oscar Brownless shared their ideas and opinions about what makes a superhero, explaining the traits their own role models possess.

A lively discussion followed, with questions fired from all directions. The short, engaging Zoom session proved a great chance for kids to hear about ordinary people who, for example, become heroes by virtue of achievement, generosity of character, mentorship or contribution to community life.

Children can identify their superhero and nominate them in one of two categories:

1. Family & Friends – Relatives or friends who positively impact children’s lives by being caring and respectful role models.

2. Teachers, Coaches & Community – Influential teachers, sporting coaches or community leaders who children personally know and admire.

A winner will be announced for each category, as well as an overall winner from all entries who will be named Geelong Superhero of the Year at a virtual event on October 11.

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Established more than 150 years ago, Bethany Community Support is an independent, not-for-profit services organisation, providing support for residents via a multi-sector service, and programs that include:

Building better relationships

Education, care and wellbeing of children

Women and children affected by family violence

Men who use violence and accountability for their behaviour

Disability services under the NDIS

Homelessness – or at risk

Financial stress and material aid

Problem gambling

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