Com­mu­nity sup­port makes it great

Call to help set up party

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

EVENTS such as the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party don’t hap­pen with­out the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of vol­un­teers.

Ev­ery year lo­cals chip in to help or­gan­is­ers from the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Dou­glas Shire Com­mu­nity Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion and Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to en­sure the com­mu­nity Christ­mas party can be cel­e­brated and this year is no dif­fer­ent.

While vol­un­teers from the cham­ber, the DSCSA and CRC will be on hand to help out on the day along­side or­gan­si­a­tions such as the SES which is host­ing the free sausage siz­zle, or­gan­is­ers are still in need of some helpers to set up the event on Satur­day morn­ing.

In par­tic­u­lar, or­gan­is­ers need some as­sis­tance to help set up the many mar­quees and stalls to be used on the day.

Any­one who can help set up at Ge­orge Davis Park be­tween 6.30-8.30am on Satur­day is urged to call Kraig Byrne on 4098 1277. LO­CAL Dairy Farm­ers dis­trib­u­tor Brian Dickinson and his off­sider David Woot­ten are just a cou­ple of top blokes who help make the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party hap­pen.

Brian and David have been gen­er­ously help­ing out for the past 10 years by do­nat­ing all the water, fruit juices and soft drinks which are pro­vided free on the day.

David said they were only too happy to help out be­cause it helps to lift the spir­its of the com­mu­nity.

“We have been in­volved for a num­ber of years and we know that the sup­port Brian gives goes a long way to help out,” David said.

“He’s not look­ing for any recog­ni­tion in any way at all, he just knows the im­por­tance of keep­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether and so he is happy to do­nate what­ever he can - Dairy Farm­ers is also do­nat­ing a quan­tity of prod­uct too.

“We also like to thank all of the other busi­nesses and the army of vol­un­teers who make this all hap­pen.

“It’s what needs to hap­pen for a town to sur­vive - we must all stick to­gether to make our com­mu­nity strong and in that way we all have a chance to sur­vive.

“But apart from that I urge ev­ery­one to get along to the Christ­mas party be­cause it will be a lot of fun and a chance to put a smile on the faces of all the kids which is the most im­por­tant thing.”

Or­gan­is­ers Kraig Byrne and Jenny White are de­lighted the Christ­mas party has been saved thanks to the DSCSA and fi­nan­cial sup­port from Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

“More than 1000 peo­ple at­tended last year and for some of these kids who come from dis­ad­van­taged home this is their main Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion,” Kraig said.

“It’s a great com­mu­nity event which shows the true spirit of Christ­mas is alive and well in Moss­man.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Ho, ho, ho: Santa has landed and is head­ing to Moss­man for the com­mu­nity Christ­mas party

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Help­ing out: Dairy Farm­ers’ Bill Lawler and Dave Woot­ton

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