With sunshine forecast for the weekend, Obstacool organisers say this year’s participants shouldn’t need wetsuits to get through the course.
After rain drenched the inflatable outdoor course last year and low temperatures kept kids insulated, I Can South West coordinator Lisa Boyle said they hoped for more than 600 through the gates on Saturday and Sunday.
“This is our major fundraiser for the year,” she said. “It’s open to the public and we want to see as many kids as possible tackle the course.”
Mrs Boyle said the course included inflatable climbing walls, tunnels, slides and more than 30 metres of hurdles.
“It will take kids under, around and over a series of challenges.”
Up to 80 children aged four to 16 will attempt the Obstacool course every 45 minutes, with groups starting on the hour from 10am to 4pm.
“The course takes ten to fifteen minutes to complete,” Mrs Boyle said.
“Kids can tackle the space as many times as they like in that time.
“At the end there’ll be complimentary sausages and bread for the kids and the adults can purchase good coffee.”
Obstacool is the annual fundraiser for I Can South West.
This is the regional arm of the I CAN Network, Australia’s first social enterprise founded by people on the Autism Spectrum.
The event raised $8000 in 2018, assisting with costs involved in the group’s mentoring program.
“We are the only school-based program of its kind,” Mrs Boyle said. “We’re hoping to raise $12,000 this year.”
The course will open to kids with special needs and their carers at midday both Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s a social network for these kids, allowing them to make friendships with kids like them.”