Birth­day cel­e­bra­tion a joy­ous feat

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ON THIS day you try and try, But this world sim­ply passes by, I have the an­swer, just by chance, You’ll find that smile, come watch them dance!

You can look at all the happy quotes on the net, on your cal­en­dar each day, re­mem­ber nanna’s favourite say­ings to get you through a tough time or, like about 400 Townsvil­lians, sim­ply re­mem­ber Satur­day night at Happy Feat’s fifth birth­day.

Some may say no such thing as an in­stant, gen­uine smile when things are crook. Well, I tend to dif­fer, one could not help but be full of sin­cere hap­pi­ness see­ing the ab­so­lute joy our Happy Featers get from per­form­ing and laugh­ing on stage. And as one of my fave say­ings go: “You can have too much of many things, but we have never had too much fun!”

For­get pity, it’s not wanted, they want to share the fun of life and the only pity is if you don’t ever get a chance to see them. I in­ter­viewed some of my dear mates on stage, not easy for any­one, and the words spo­ken, well I wish I could have a record­ing and let you all hear it, but it was a per­sonal time, even though it was on stage, and they spoke from the heart.

My mate Paul, the doc­tors said he’ll never talk, eat solid foods or walk, well he’s thrown away the stick, loves his food and is happy to tell the world his story. Young Peter, an ac­ci­dent as a young fella changed his life, but he’s fought back and is such a wise young man, I was so hon­oured to hear his great words and when he fin­ished his lit­tle story he said: “Hap­pi­ness is ev­ery­where, Pricey”.

There was so much more, but re­ally, buy a DVD of Happy Feat, it’s on their web­site and it’s ab­so­lutely bril­liant. When you see the in­ter­view with Pete and his won­der­ful mum Mary, it will in­spire, it will give you that in­stant smile.

More than any­thing, Happy Feat is a cel­e­bra­tion of an even bet­ter life, with the help of laugh­ter and a most won­der­ful lady, Leigh Cald­well. Leigh cre­ated Happy Feat and now five years on with 30 to 40 dancers en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany through some very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, it is a mas­ter­piece of in­spi­ra­tion. Leigh, along with a group of vol­un­teers such as Rhi who teaches the dancers, Jen and many more, are bring­ing some won­der­ful life ex­pe­ri­ences to those who may not oth­er­wise have had the op­por­tu­nity.

Well, the Townsville Show is over and I wish that some­one close to me didn’t buy all those lol­lies from the shop un­der the grand­stand. I’m on my 12th packet of bul­lets, I feel I’ve eaten 10 Bur­dekin cane fields.

Happy Days, en­joy the V8s.

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