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Celebrated At 20th Baby Welcoming Ceremony

Bouncing babies, proudly held by excited parents, were officially welcomed to the Bowen community on Sunday at a special ceremony hosted by the local Lions Ladies. The festivities took place at Hensen Park where each family was invited onto the stage and presented with a certificate, gift, and small tree by Mayor Julie Hall.

The event, which began 20 years ago, has become an annual tradition ever since the Bowen Hospital Maternity Ward closed

“We feel that welcoming the babies into the community is important as most of them are not born in their hometown anymore,” said Bev Dyne from Bowen Lions.

“It is lovely to see families coming back again with each new sibling.”

25 beautiful Bowen babies were officially welcomed into the community on Sunday. Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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