About 60 children have showed off their best dance moves when the PCYC NSW After Dark Beats tour stopped in Nyngan.
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Nyngan youngsters enjoyed a free barbecue and disco hosted by PCYC NSW thanks to a grant from the state government's drought stimulus package.
The organisation visited 20 small towns hosting the free events along with NSW government departments, charities, councils and community groups to give youth affected by drought the opportunity to enjoy themselves during the summer holidays in a fun and safe environment.
State activities manager for PCYC NSW Greg Howe said the response in Nyngan on January 20 was "just outstanding".
How well received we've been has been outstanding.- Greg Howe
"Three out of the 20 places we visit we have a physical presence in town, so our brand is not really well known in some of these towns, but how well received we've been has been outstanding," he said.
"At a club where we're known we'd expect that, but Narromine, Nyngan and Warren and towns that don't know us, that was the truly pleasing part.
"[The kids] danced, they ate, we gave them a box of Lego each, and in terms of mental health and fun, I think community impact was immense."
Mr Howe said PCYC NSW are not new to visiting the region, having delivered a number of outreach tours.
The aim of the initiatives he says is to help relieve children and their families who are doing it tough because of the drought.
"We've done this type of thing before, in various we've called it different things but at the core of it, it's to engage young kids with some form of activity," Mr Howe said.
"Whether it be a cricket bat or music, it's the same premise to meet community stakeholders whether it be council, community youth workers, other sports organisations such as the AFL ... and engage young kids, their families and put a smile on their face and have some fun.
"No cost, no reason other than to say hello and put some activity on."
Mr Howe said that PCYC NSW staff also enjoy it as much as the children.
"Every staff member volunteered, they love it," he said.
"I have a day job at PCYC running a bunch of different things, but to get out and see kids in dusty old Nyngan was great fun.
"The staff really enjoy it and the police enjoy it as well."
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