A great week­end ahead to cel­e­brate

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Ed­i­tor

EV­ERY year we work closely with the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee to pro­mote what is ar­guably the re­gion’s favourite fam­ily friendly event.

And ev­ery year I see first-hand the chal­lenges this com­mit­tee of hard-work­ing vol­un­teers faces.

It’s never easy pulling off some­thing of this size and cal­i­bre.

But this year those chal­lenges have been mul­ti­plied at least ten-fold – by the whirl­wind that was Cy­clone Deb­bie.

With the dev­as­ta­tion many have had to work through in terms of dam­age to homes and pos­ses­sions and dis­rup­tion to daily lives, I think few of us could con­tem­plate or­gan­is­ing a ma­jor event as well.

But that is what Margie Mur­phy, her com­mit­tee and team of vol­un­teers have done.

It is an ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ment to have put to­gether the 17th an­nual Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val and from the team here at the Whit­sun­day Times, and on be­half of the com­mu­nity, we salute you.

I sin­cerely hope this week­end’s ar­ray of events is en­joyed by as many lo­cals and visi­tors as we can cram into town. We have plenty to cel­e­brate.

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