Street gets in on boy's birthday bash

The Vanbrugh family lost everything in a house fire in September. Their new neighbours in Kingston threw Cody-Jack, 4 a birthday party after all of his presents were also lost in the fire. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
The Vanbrugh family lost everything in a house fire in September. Their new neighbours in Kingston threw Cody-Jack, 4 a birthday party after all of his presents were also lost in the fire. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

IN the words of Jai Vanbrugh, "Mansfield St in Kingston is the best neighbourhood to live in".

When he and his five children moved there after fire destroyed all of their possessions in September, the close-knit street banded together to help Mr Vanbrugh and his family get back on their feet.

Families generously offered to donate new home wares and toys for Mr Vanbrugh's children Hamish, 8, Liljana, 7, Lincoln, 6 and Cody-Jack, 4.

So when they found out Cody-Jack was to celebrate his fourth birthday, Mr Vanbrugh and his neighbours decided to host a street birthday party for him.

"I always wanted to do something big for him to make his day extra special," Mr Vanbrugh said.

"All of the kids in the street came down and enjoyed playing together.

"The day was about Cody and the kids because the kids are our future."


Mr Vanbrugh said the kids had a great time playing games and searching for treasure on homemade treasure maps which he designed.

He said he was grateful for the support and friendship his new neighbours had shown to him and his family.

"I think Mansfield St in Kingston is the best neighbourhood to live in," he said.

"They are all great people who have helped us so much.

"Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming to us.

"I was so glad they could all come together to celebrate Cody-Jack's birthday."

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