Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

Pore­punkah res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Kata­rina Hughes (front), came to­gether for an en­joy­able evening re­cently at the town’s an­nual Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party. The Pore­punkah Op Shop and Pore­punkah CFA have com­bined to or­gan­ise the event which saw about 150 locals in at­ten­dance at River­side Park two Sun­days ago. Among the fes­tiv­i­ties was a visit from Santa (pic­tured) who was of course a wel­come guest among many of the kids.

PORE­PUNKAH fam­i­lies and friends have en­joyed an evening to­gether at the town’s sec­ond an­nual Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party.

Wet weather saw the in­au­gu­ral event moved to the Pore­punkah Hall but with fine weather on Novem­ber 25 more than 150 locals headed along to the so­cial gath­er­ing at River­side Park.

The Pore­punkah Op Shop and Pore­punkah CFA have com­bined to or­gan­ise the event and Kata­rina Hughes said it was an evening en­joyed by all.

“It was a re­ally good night and with a lot more peo­ple than we thought, we ac­tu­ally had to go into town and get more food be­cause we didn’t an­tic­i­pate that many peo­ple com­ing,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one bought a salad to be shared and those who helped out all do­nated their time for free so it was very com­mu­nity spirted.

“We had a jump­ing cas­tle and kids had the chance to swim while Cap­tain Koala of the CFA was there and Santa also stopped in for a visit.”

Sixty water bot­tles pro­vided by North East Water were also raf­fled for $10 each, be­fore be­ing sent down the Ovens River with first, sec­ond and third across the line claim­ing prizes.

“The young boy who came sec­ond ac­tu­ally do­nated his money to the CFA so that was great,” Ms Hughes said.

Mean­while two sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions were also an­nounced with the Pore­punkah Union Church of­fi­cially hand­ing over $110,000 to the Pore­punkah CFA and lo­cal builder Craig Martin again do­nat­ing the rent, from the lease of his shed to the Op Shop, to the Border On­col­ogy Cen­tre.

PHOTO: Trin­ity Dezign

PHO­TOS: Trin­ity Dezign

FAM­ILY FUN: Aimee and Grant Har­ris and son Bailee pose for a pic­ture with Santa.

SO­CIAL EVENT: Renee Lee and Colleen El­lis with Cap­tain Koala at the Pore­punkah Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party re­cently.

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