Time to thank he­roes

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT WAS dur­ing a time of dis­as­ter when the he­roes of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity shone bright.

And this Fri­day, they will get the recog­ni­tion they didn’t ask for with a day of spe­cial thank-you events.

Air­lie Beach Ro­tary Club, Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days and the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre will host an RSVP bar­be­cue at the Give Cen­tre site at Reef Plaza from 3–5pm.

Fol­low­ing on from this will be a so­cial gath­er­ing at Beaches Back­pack­ers from 5pm, where vol­un­teers will get 20% discounts.

The day’s events will con­clude at Mama Africa night­club from 9.30pm, with all pro­ceeds to be do­nated to Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days.

Air­lie Beach mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional Jo Sweeny said there was a long list of com­mu­nity he­roes.

“There are so many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity that con­trib­uted, and the big­gest thing I learnt is it’s not just peo­ple who helped di­rectly but peo­ple who shared our news also played a role,” she said.

Ms Sweeny said any­one who had played a role in re­gen­er­at­ing the com­mu­nity spirit was most wel­come to at­tend.

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