Thank you

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

ON THE week­end of July 16-17 the 4th an­nual Cruise Whit­sun­day Air­lie Beach Run­ning Festival again proved to be a suc­cess­ful event, which gave a lot of joy to not only those peo­ple who have never en­tered an event be­fore but also for those who just love to run in this beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion we call home.

This event is an av­enue for ev­ery­one of all ages to be out­side ex­er­cis­ing, so­cial­is­ing and hav­ing fun.

Even though the weather was maybe a dis­in­cen­tive for some peo­ple to reg­is­ter dur­ing the last week, the 4th an­nual event par­tic­i­pant num­bers again ex­ceeded the pre­vi­ous year with ev­ery year a record, from 300 to 637.

The event brought run­ners and their fam­i­lies from five states and seven coun­tries, de­spite the challenge of non-sea­sonal cold, wet and windy con­di­tions for the week pre-event and only clear­ing on Satur­day.

Through this event ev­ery­one con­trib­uted to the econ­omy with ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and tours as well as re­tail ther­apy and this is just an­other reason why events are cru­cial to tourism in gen­eral (our prime in­dus­try).

I would per­son­ally like to thank ev­ery per­son who was in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this event – whether in the lead up to the event or on the day.

With­out gen­er­ous spon­sors and will­ing vol­un­teers there sim­ply wouldn’t be any events in the Whit­sun­days.

Sin­cere thanks goes to our spon­sors for their con­tin­ued fi­nan­cial and in-kind sup­port of this event, the list is long, as printed in the Whit­sun­day Times “thank you” no­tice last week.

Of course com­mu­nity vol­un­teers are the ones who make events hap­pen so thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved.

Wendy Downes OAM

Can­non­vale

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