Port lo­cals dig deep for presents for kids

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Re­cent vis­its to the de­light­ful Choo Choos Cafe at St Crispin’s prompted an idea to as­sem­ble a group of lo­cal friends and res­i­dents for a lit­tle Christ­mas gath­er­ing.

Late on a Satur­day af­ter­noon just, be­fore Christ­mas, three dozen lo­cal friends met at the Bally Hoo­ley sta­tion to cel­e­brate the Christ­mas Sea­son and watch the sun go down across the Gorge.

Ev­ery­one brought a small wrapped present for a lo­cal child who might miss out on a part of Christ­mas most of us take for granted. As the presents piled up un­der the lit­tle tree be­fore our eyes, so did the smiles of the guests broaden at the thought of en­sur­ing a few Port Dou­glas kids, whom they do not know, re­ceive some ex­tra joy on Christ­mas Day!

The gifts were de­liv­ered to our Com­mu­nity Cen­tre bring­ing more smiles to the three happy ladies who will pass them on.

Rick, the chef and his splen­did young team staged a mem­o­rable buf­fet fea­tur­ing some of the most bril­liantly pro­duced oys­ters and crumbed prawns for our ar­rival, de­light­ing us with lit­tle stuffed mush­rooms, sashimi and an ab­so­lutely mar­vel­lous ce­viche as we chat­ted and sipped away the af­ter­noon, be­fore ru­in­ing any din­ner plans some brave peo­ple may have en­ter­tained by putting on a huge aro­matic cooked ham with lit­tle heated rolls and condi­ments on the side.

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