Mama’s mas­sive thank-you Big com­mu­nity party set to hit night­club for Cy­clone Deb­bie helpers

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

A MAS­SIVE thank-you night will light up Air­lie Beach on Fri­day as Mama Africa brings the party to town.

Their “fi­nal cel­e­bra­tion party” will give thanks to all vol­un­teers and helpers, and peo­ple who’ve done it tough through Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Kick­ing off at 7.30pm, there will be drinks on ar­rival and free nib­blies with live mu­sic from 9pm.

For the month of May, Mama Africa have been col­lect­ing their door charge with the in­ten­tion of giv­ing it to a good cause.

“We knew town was go­ing to be quiet and we dis­cussed tak­ing the door fee off but then we thought let’s put the door charge to­wards a good cause,” Mama Africa owner Stacy Har­vey said.

“We’ve been fol­low­ing Vol­un­teer Whitsundays and we know so many peo­ple who’ve been helped by them.

“I’ve got friends who’ve been in­volved and we thought it’s one of many great causes and some­thing that came out of noth­ing. It’s just a nice away to give back to them.

“Hope­fully the funds will go to­wards their ef­forts and reach­ing their goal.”

The mas­sive night will fea­ture the club’s pop­u­lar flu­oro party with free face paint­ing as well.

“It’s just a way for every­one to get to­gether and cel­e­brate to­gether,” Ms Har­vey said.

“It’s for the whole com­mu­nity to come to­gether and say ‘thank you’ to all those peo­ple who went above and be­yond dur­ing the cy­clone re­cov­ery. It’s about cel­e­brat­ing the com­mu­nity spirit.

“We’ll be invit­ing every­one along to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing that’s great about liv­ing in Air­lie Beach.”

The night­club it­self was hit hard by Cy­clone Deb­bie but things are look­ing up.

“We suf­fered quite a lot of wa­ter dam­age. It’s been a dif­fi­cult process. We’ve just been open­ing when we can,” Mr Har­vey said.

“We’ve got tem­po­rary floor­ing at the mo­ment.

“(But) next week should

be a busy week in town. There’s a lot on.

“The more events like this that can hap­pen the bet­ter.”

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