August 19, 2015
There is nothing more distressing than being separated from your toddler or young child in a huge crowd like at the field days.
Fee Jennings, of Country Kids Collection, will be near the western gate entry with free wristbands which parents can write their mobile phone number on.
“When I go to field days with my daughter Alice I would write my mobile number on her arm and wish there was a wristband I could’ve written on instead,’’ Mrs Jennings said.
She developed the idea and now has the wristbands alongside her range of country themed high visibility workwear especially designed for farm kids.
Fee farms with her husband Tristan and daughter Alice, 3, at Wattamondara, near Cowra, in central NSW.
She began making farm and country style clothing toddler clothing for Alice, and was soon taking orders from friends.
Mrs Jennings founded Country Kids Collection almost four years ago and juggles it with her job as social media officer for Cowra Tourism and Central NSW Tourism.
Country Kids Collection specialises in high visibility workwear for farm children, children’s clothing, boot covers, hats, car seat and pram liners, toys, utensils and gift ideas.
“We will be launching our new short sleeve range at Henty. I have also collaborated with artist Mel Gersbach, Magge Designs, Canowindra, to produce paintings of kids and animals screen printed onto T-shirts,’’ Mrs Jennings said.
“They include a little girl painting patches on a pony, and a little boy spray painting patches on a dairy cow.’’
This will be the second year Country Kids Collection has exhibited at Henty.
“I had been to Henty as a visitor and appreciated how big it is and how it was a good place to meet our target market,’’ Mrs Jennings said.
“There are a lot of farming families in our situation of having limited access to shops.’’
Country Kids Collection recently hosted a competition to help collect sheep and cattle tags for a young boy in Western Australia.
Eight-year-old Shane was born 13 weeks premature and suffers from Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy.
He uses the brightly coloured plastic tags to decorate his motorised wheel chair.
“When we put the call out we hoped to collect around 100 tags to send over to Shane,’’ Mrs Jennings said.
“Almost immediately our Facebook post circulated all over Australia with over 1000 likes and comments, 400 shares and a total of 50,000 people seeing our post.
“An influx of parcels began to arrive containing tags, gifts, cards and letters for Shane and the enthusiasm of total strangers was overwhelming.
“A little boy’s day was made special by random acts of kindness – it was really inspiring’’.