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The Rotary Club of Cooroy’s 3rd annual Cooroy
Mountain Spring Festival, held on October 16, 2016, in
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland, attracted over
2000 visitors for a fun-filled day of food, entertainment
and the great outdoors. Visitors enjoyed mountaintop
views of Sunshine Coast beaches to the east and the
Noosa Hinterland to the west, as well as a rainforest
walk with an observation trail for children. The Uku
Crazy Band, Herb Fenn’s musical junk and bush poets
entertained visitors, while they snacked on billy tea and
damper and visited a range of market stalls. McDermott
Aviation also provided helicopter flights over Cooroy
and the hinterland for those who arrived early enough
to grab tickets.
Students completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards
from the local high school cleared and marked the track
to the summit and the Cooroy Interact Club helped
with gold coin collection at the car park. Cooroy State
Emergency Service provided electrical generation and
supervision on the mountain track, with the help of 50
Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
The event was made possible through the generosity
of Peter Lavin, owner of Cooroy Mountain Spring Water
and the festival site. Local businesses were similarly
generous with their support, which, combined with
revenue raised from food and market stalls, contributed
to the event's tremendous fundraising success.
A cheque for $12,500 was presented to a local
disability support group, Sunshine Butterflies, at a
presentation evening at the Cooroy Hotel. The funds
will be directed towards building a five-acre hobby farm
hosting music, drama, art, cooking and woodwork
programs. Participants will also learn about horticulture,
permaculture, gardening skills, environmental activities,
aquaculture and animal care.
In addition, cheques for $1000 were given to the
Queensland SES and Noosa District State High School
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and a further $500
to the Cooroy Interact Club and Black Mountain Rural
Fire Service. Funds have also been allocated to the club’s
international projects, including Shoeboxes for Dili in
Timor Leste, a joint project with the Rotary Club of
Noosa and a Foundation global grant teacher training
project with Nepali Village Initiatives Association.
The 2017 Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival will be
held on Sunday, October 15.
Rotary Club of Cooroy, Qld
VIEWS AND BREWS
RAISE BIG BUCKS FOR
The Rotary Club of Redland Sunrise, Qld, has run its
Community Benefit Art Union for over a decade now,
with each annual event seeing over $10,000 granted to
Prizes are mostly donated or sponsored by local businesses
or individuals. First prize for several years has been a Holiday
on North Stradbroke Island, with five days’ accommodation
at Samarinda Apartments, sponsored by the resident
managers. Second prize this year is a day sailing Moreton
Bay aboard the racing yacht The Matrix for up to 10 people,
sponsored by its owner.
The 6000 tickets printed are given to various community
groups, with the full $2 price of each ticket sold returned to
them as their “commission”. Among these groups are two
local Men’s Sheds, Redlands Community Centre, Redland
District Committee on the Ageing, Redlands Breast Cancer
Support Group, Birkdale Scouts and Redland City Choir.
Special Needs Equestrians (CPEC), which provides horse
riding and animal therapy for special needs children and
adults, and Redland Museum, started by Rotary, are also
among the causes facilitated by the fundraiser. The club sells
a small number of tickets to cover its costs, such as ticket
printing and advertising materials.
In previous years, the Redland SES Unit used its share of
the money to purchase safety equipment for volunteers
and the Breast Cancer Support Group funded care packs
for sufferers and survivors. Further, CPEC provided essential
veterinary care to its horses and the local community centre
increased capacity to offer professional counselling to those
in need, particularly to victims of domestic violence.
Prize sponsors president elect Janet Butler of Camping Solutions, left, Peter Turnbull
of Samarinda Apartments, and Rotarian Christine Oosterloo of The Shack, Tasmania,
with Art Union organiser Peter Crane of the Rotary Club of Redland Sunrise.
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