Fam­ily fun is com­ing to the Dingo Beach fore­shore this Sun­day

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THE long his­tory of the Dingo Beach Whit­fun­day will con­tinue this year de­spite dev­as­ta­tion in­flicted by Cy­clone Deb­bie.

In fact, pres­i­dent of the Dingo Beach Progress As­so­ci­a­tion An­drew Din­nie said the fun day go­ing ahead in the wake of the cy­clone was more im­por­tant than ever.

What started as a water ski­ing com­pe­ti­tion which drew crowds from the Bur­dekin and Bowen has grown to be­come the pre­mier fam­ily event on the Whit­sun­day cal­en­dar.

The fun day is the ma­jor fund-rais­ing event for the Dingo Beach Progress As­so­ci­a­tion, who in turn make do­na­tions to not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Fly­ing Doc­tors, Blue Care and the Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal.

The pro­ceeds from this year’s fun day will be used to erect shade sails around the Dingo Beach fore­shore.

Be­fore the cy­clone it was a shaded area pro­vid­ing re­lief from the sum­mer sun, but now it is bare.

Mr Din­nie said there was a school of thought that sub­scribed to the idea that Whit­fun­day should be canned this year in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

But the re­silience of the com­mu­nity shone through and a pop­u­lar de­ci­sion to go ahead with the day pre­vailed.

“It’s some­thing that has some­thing for any­one of any age or shape or size,” he said.

“Any­one can go in the events, there is noth­ing ar­du­ous about them ex­cept the Jack and Jill event and even that is eas­ier than it looks.”

Come down to Dingo Beach on Sun­day and try your hand at sand sculp­tur­ing, throw­ing a cast net, the rolling pin throw and the Jack and Jill wood cut­ting event.

There will be rides, mar­ket stalls, a bar­be­cue lunch and a chance to win a $1000 lucky door prize.

“We want to get the fam­i­lies out, get the kids out

to have a good day on the beach and hav­ing fun, It’s a great at­mos­phere, I love it,” Mr Din­nie said.

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