There will be more than entertainment and market stalls this Sunday at the vibrant family festival that is Spring Into Corrimal.
Organisers of one of Australia's most successful street festivals recently joined forces with charity organisation Need a Feed in a bold bid to help make a difference in the region. They are now calling on those attending the September 13 festival to brighten the lives of those less fortunate by bringing along an item or two of non-perishable food and donating it to the worthy community cause.
Corrimal Chamber of Commerce president Paul Boultwood said the largest free, one-day festival in NSW was also supporting Circus Monoxide and Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.
He was hopeful the estimated crowd of 50,000 people could show their support for all three local groups.
Mr Boultwood said the growing success of the festival proved people wanted to connect with their community and share in celebrations of its diversity.
"We were delighted with the response to last year's festival, which was our biggest yet, and we now feel the time is ripe to take the event to a new level," he said.
"We know people enjoy the stalls and the rides. It's a real family event and we love creating that fun spirit. But we also know that times can be tough for many families and, since our theme this year is community, we decided we could harness the power of the many to give others a helping hand.
"Just imagine how many smiles the Spring Into Corrimal community can put on people's faces even after the event has ended."
He said community spirit was hallmark of Corrimal Citizen of the Year nominees Stephanie Privett-Nelson and Valerie Hussain.
Ms Privett-Nelson has been a primary school teacher for 29 years, mostly at Tarrawanna Public School. Ms Hussain has also been involved in a number of different committees for various community and environmental causes.
Spring Into Corrimal officially opens in Memorial Park from 11.45am. Activities run all day.