By JACINTA CUMMINS | SPONSORED

BASSETT Park was a kaleidoscope of colours as 610 people played with 200 kilograms of coloured powder at the Senex Energy ColourXplosion coordinated by PCYC Maranoa in Roma . 

This was a 50 percent increase on participants in 2021.

It was the second ColourXplosion for PCYC Maranoa manager Sergeant Dion Horn, who said volunteers were overwhelmed with registrations on the morning.

“It was a spectacular turn out and I’m sure most people will be cleaning colour out of cracks and crevices for a week – I certainly will be!,” he said.

“There were tourists from Brisbane to the Gold Coast to Sydney who hadn’t registered but saw it and decided ColourXplosion would be great for their family to do together. 

“A lot of people who’ve done it before also came back with their family and friends.”

For Dion, ColourXplosion is more than just a family friendly fun run.

“It gets the word out about PCYC and its mission,” he said.

“ColourXplosion increases awareness of PCYC and what we do because while many people have heard of it, they don’t realise PCYC stands for Police Citizens and Youth Club.

“It’s not until they see police officers in uniform at events that they ask the question and make the connection.”

There was an increase in community engagement PCYC and people signing up for PCYC activities after ColourXplosion in 2021 and Dion is hopeful this will happen again.

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“ColourXplosion let the community know PCYC Maranoa continues to provide local support after Covid and focused on the organisation’s three pillars of youth development, crime prevention and community engagement,” he said

Dion thanked Senex Energy for sponsoring ColourXplosion again and assisting in the lead up and on the day.

“Events like this can only happen due to generous support so I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Senex for partnering with our hardworking PCYC personnel.”

Senex Energy community relations manager Trevor Robertson said it was “heart warming” to see ColourXplosion go from strength to strength each year.

“Numbers have doubled since Senex first partnered with PCYC in 2018,” he said.

“ColourXplosion’s success is because it’s a great family friendly event on Easter Sunday, which just adds to a weekend of fun.

“As well as raising awareness and funds for PCYC, events like ColourXplosion contribute to a full Easter in the Country program, which has a ripple effect on the wider community.

“Accommodation was booked out and local businesses benefit from the extra tourist trade.

“Senex knows this economic activity is vital to a vibrant and sustainable future for Roma.”

ColourXplosion funds will enable PCYC Maranoa to continue to deliver community and youth development programs.

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