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.
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.