Reef Gate­way hosts mas­sive free party

A chance to kick back and re­lax

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity will have a chance to bond to­gether af­ter a tough two weeks.

Recog­nis­ing the need for peo­ple to let off some steam af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie’s im­pact, the Reef Gate­way is host­ing a Cy­clone Re­cov­ery Party to­day from 2pm-4.30pm.

While two hours of free beer, wine and bar­be­cue food might sound too good to be true, the event is a fit­ting gift for a bat­tered, but not de­feated, com­mu­nity.

Reef Gate­way mar­ket­ing man­ager Mark Wilkins in­vited the com­mu­nity to get to­gether and have a great time.

“The town needs a bit of an up­lift and we need to have a bit of fun,” he said.

“The com­mu­nity has been a bit dis­jointed through this whole or­deal and this will be a good chance for ev­ery­one to get to­gether and dis­cuss what’s go­ing on to deal with the shock at­tached to the whole thing.

“This event should be huge, one of the big­gest events the town has ever seen.”

The party is a friendly fam­ily event with jump­ing cas­tles, snow-cones, pop­corn and ice-cream avail­able.

Ahead of the fes­tive week­end, the Easter Bunny will also ap­pear to foster com­mu­nity cheer.

Kids will have the op­por­tu­nity to pick up free Easter eggs and take part in di­nosaur egg-and-spoon races.

Live mu­sic will be avail­able in the form of lo­cal band ‘Left-of-cen­tre’ which should breathe life into the party.

Mr Wilkins said the con­cept be­hind the party was to re­cip­ro­cate good­will to the com­mu­nity.

“The com­mu­nity has shown us great sup­port dur­ing this time and we just want to show them that same sup­port in re­turn,” he said.

“The thing is there are peo­ple that are okay and oth­ers suf­fer­ing, this event is for ev­ery­one no mat­ter how tough they have had it and there are pretty sad sto­ries up there.”

Lit­tle An­gel Zoo will also be open for par­ents look­ing to keep their kids en­ter­tained.

Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the event can find the Reef Gate­way at 38 Shute Har­bour Rd, Can­non­vale.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

PARTY: An­drew Bell, Carla Hask­ings, Mark Wilkins and Ten­nille Cock­burn get pumped for the Cy­clone Re­cov­ery Party.

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