Un­for­tu­nately it’s time to say bye to The Y

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

YES it is sad hav­ing to close the doors of the Gayn­dah YMCA and also to all the great work done in the be­gin­ning to get this fa­cil­ity by the late Frank Robin­son and Roy Em­mer­ton.

What started as a sev­en­day won­der, which is what ev­ery­one was say­ing, be­came a 33-year-long com­mit­ment to the Gayn­dah com­mu­nity.

These gen­tle­men put in a lot of their time and fi­nances to have some­where for the young and old of Gayn­dah to use as a meet­ing place and to keep fit and ac­tive while do­ing so.

Along the way we have had nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers and some of them are still with us now and we can’t thank them enough as we close the doors to this won­der­ful icon.

Over the years we have been able to house many or­gan­i­sa­tions and pro­vide many dif­fer­ent sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as well as school va­ca­tion pro­grams and af­ter-school care, too many to re­mem­ber my­self.

We are still hope­ful that a new ven­ture will open at this great fa­cil­ity in the near fu­ture, so please watch this space closely be­cause as they say, “as one door closes an­other opens”.

The YMCA will be hold­ing a free BBQ at the fa­cil­ity from 4pm on Sun­day.

This is also the date of the Gayn­dah YMCA of­fi­cial clo­sure.

So come along and rem­i­nisce with oth­ers your sto­ries of your days with the YMCA and what you will miss most about it.

Maybe bring along a few old photos to share with oth­ers who got great en­joy­ment out of the cen­tre.

I would like to thank ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity who has shown the YMCA their sup­port over the past 33 years and look for­ward to see­ing what the fu­ture will bring.

I also look for­ward to see­ing you all there.

Please RSVP to Dael on 0475 006 544 — DAEL GIDDINS GAYN­DAH YMCA PRES­I­DENT

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