Carols were all about community

Carols - Well done local singers and members of the school choir

Well done local singers and members of the school choir

The recent Rainbow Beach Community Carols was a great example of how locals can work together to create a heartwarming event for everyone to enjoy.

It is a very special time of the year and those attending the carols were able to sing and hear about the real reason for Christmas.

Around 200 locals and a few visitors had a great night singing traditional and modern carols led by local musicians Tina, Adrian, Joel, Lucia, Glenn and Sam and singers from local churches.

Everyone was also entertained by items from the Rainbow Beach School choir led by Miss Eryn, Joy Mahoney, chaplain at Gympie High School, Chappy Ronnie and the Rainbow Beach Fire Weavers.

For the past two years, members of the Gympie Uniting Church gave up their time to lead our Community Carols, but this year it was felt that we had enough local talent to do it ourselves and the evening certainly proved this to be true.

We even had an impromptu performance of Silent Night in its original German by locals Manfred and Theresa, plus two German backpackers, which was very well received by the crowd.

There were many people who helped make carols possible including Tina for all of her hard work in organising the music team; Adrian, Tina, Joel, Lucia, Sam and Glenn for their great music, and singers from local churches.

Thanks also go to Joy for her beautiful items; Rainbow Beach School choir and Miss Eryn for their fantastic items; Daisy for her amazing face painting creations, and of course, Mr and Mrs Claus for coming all the way to Rainbow Beach with lollies for all the children!

We must also say a big thank you to Lexie and Oakley for being Mary and Joseph; Rainbow Beach IGA; Ed’s Bakery; Dee and Andy White for their financial support; Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News for advertising the event, and Rainbow Beach Fire Weavers.

The gratitude keeps on coming! Darrell Fitzgerald from Rainbow Beach Meats and his team on the BBQ; Deb and Holly Gardiner for helping the young ones create beautiful beeswax candles; Annette Collins from the Church of the Good Shepherd; John van der Heijde from the Tin Can Bay Community Church; Anne Thornton from St. Peter the Fisherman Church, and Mike Timperon for being sound man.

And last, but by no means least, a huge thank you to the local families for coming along to support the night. We look forward to it being even bigger and better next year.

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