Cy­clone party brings com­mu­nity to­gether

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­

IF THEY wanted to lift the spir­its of the com­mu­nity, they’ve gone above and be­yond.

More than a 1000 peo­ple packed the car park of the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel for its Cy­clone Re­cov­ery Party on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in a mas­sive free event.

Reef Gate­way mar­ket­ing man­ager Mark Wilkins said it was a suc­cess­ful event.

“It’s good to see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing them­selves and it’s good to see a lot of fam­i­lies turn up as well. There’s a lot of kids here which is great,” Mr Wilkins said on the day.

“The whole thing has been fan­tas­tic.

“We def­i­nitely have 1000 in the carpark alone and I don’t know how many are in­side. We’re pretty much at ca­pac­ity.”

There were peo­ple ev­ery­where in the Reef Gate­way car park with jump­ing cas­tles, drinks flow­ing, and of course, the Easter Bunny.

Mr Wilkins was pleased the ho­tel had been able to pull it off, hav­ing little time to plan the event.

“We’ve had some re­ally good sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“This is nice to ac­tu­ally give back to the com­mu­nity.

“It was a lot of ef­fort and ex­pense and it was last minute to throw to­gether and it’s come to­gether pretty well.”

The party was not just dur­ing the day, with a live band in the pub­lic bar and the cel­e­bra­tions last­ing well into the night.


SMILES ALL ROUND: The crowds flocked to the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel for the Cy­clone Re­cov­ery Party.

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