CHAPPY CHAT – Rainbow Beach News April 2022

Taya, Xaiya, and Hazel making protein balls during one of our cooking sessions

Taya, Xaiya, and Hazel making protein balls during one of our cooking sessions

Despite the wet weather recently, we have had a great month at the Rainbow Beach Learning Community. Our numbers have continued to grow and it is lovely to see how the young people are forming friendships as they enjoy the various activities offered.

We have some budding chefs in our midst who have made us some delicious lunches including fried rice, protein balls, mini quiches, banana bread, brownies, sausage rolls, muffins and pikelets.

Some of the boys have been learning how to sew, making an “ouchy pouch” and a named bag and the majority of them are very good, which will hopefully come in handy some time in the future.

Mo Riggs is continuing to lead the art class in creating amazing artistic pieces. And we have shared some great afternoons on the beach with Sarah and Dean of Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf, exploring around the sand blow and jumping the waves.

We have had the pleasure of receiving visits from several locals who have shared about their passion. James from Wolf Rock Dive enthralled his listeners with information about grey nurse sharks, giving everyone a shark tooth as a memento.

Tristan & Carolyn from Sik Ladz Clothing Co shared the incredible story of how Tristan, then aged 13, survived a head-on collision with a 4-wheel drive while riding his bike.

Trist is a true miracle in how he has recovered to date, working hard on his business and is determined to “Make His Dayz Count”. His clothing line is all about the things that “Sik ladz” do and all the things he wants to do with his mates.

It goes to show that with the right determination, love and support, there is always hope and you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Why don’t you support this young entrepreneur by purchasing some of his merchandise which you can check out at

There is exciting news with regards to the Community Pantry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Carlo Road. We have become members of Foodbank in Brisbane, which gives us access to fresh fruit and veggies, bread, milk and a huge variety of pantry items on a weekly basis and are in the process of finalising transport from Morningside/Rocklea Markets to Rainbow Beach.

Kerry and Michael Cody have been opening the pantry on Tuesday afternoons between 1 & 3pm and two new volunteers – Sue Donaldson and Diane Bowman – will be opening the pantry on Thursday afternoons.

Thank you so much ladies for putting up your hand to help. Our supplies may be a little low until we get regular deliveries from Foodbank, so any donations of general food items would be greatly appreciated.

The Learning Community has been given the opportunity to facilitate a Parent/Child Cooking Class, ably led by Elements personal chef Aime Brown at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre on Tuesday 5 April. This is in the first week of the school holidays and there will be two sessions to choose from – 10.30am-12pm and 1pm-3.30pm.

Spaces are limited to 20 per session and bookings are essential by Thursday 31 March.

Aime will be sharing her extensive knowledge stemming from over 25 years of professional culinary experience by demonstrating how to create poke bowls, which are a fun way of encouraging children to eat healthy, colourful food. She will also sneak some maths, reading and science skills into the lesson as well!

The cost of $15 per person includes all the components to make your own poke bowls, recipes, and an information pack. So come along with your child and help them learn about the joys of creating delicious food in a fun and relaxed environment.

At the end of the session, we will sit down together to enjoy what we have prepared. Aime has recently launched her business Elements and will come to your home to cook for those special occasions. She also makes cakes for all occasions and can be contacted on 0428 667 999.

A reminder that the 2022 Sandcastle Competition is happening again on Wednesday 13 April, on the beach near the SLS tower with registration from 8.30am.

The competition starts at 9am with judging by Sandshapers of Noosa at 11am and prize-giving at 11.30am. Last year’s competition saw hundreds of locals and visitors on the beach creating amazing sand sculptures and winning great prizes donated by local businesses.

Cooloola Coast Realty and Rainbow Beach Realty have kindly sponsored Sandshapers of Noosa who will be back creating an amazing sand sculpture to inspire us – hopefully a fire-breathing dragon! Make sure that you save the date and start getting a team together to plan and build your sand creation.

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