Community Centre 2022 Round-up

CIRS volunteer coordinator Rita Marigliani selling tickets at Rainbow Beach Markets in November

CIRS volunteer coordinator Rita Marigliani selling tickets at Rainbow Beach Markets in November

As another crazy year comes to a close, the management committee of the Community Information & Resource Service (CIRS) would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic community we have here in Rainbow Beach for all their support in 2022.

We are so grateful to the local businesses who have donated money, goods, and vouchers for our raffles and events. There are many supporters who quietly contribute too. Plus our wonderful volunteers without whom we couldn’t achieve anything.

After a rocky start to 2022, with some COVID restrictions still in place, we had some wins with grants for a mural and a children’s book before we lost our President Elisa Seul.

Elisa left to care for her daughter’s badly broken leg. But she still managed to have her favourite musos Raw Ordio play an outdoor session in August.

Thank you, Elisa, for organising so many great events for the Community Centre. Your creative energy is inspirational. And thanks to Sean for lending her to us for so long. Thanks too to Scott Taylor for stepping in as Acting Committee Member.

The hall has been buzzing with activities. Rainbow Beach Learning Community has had regular bookings all year, along with pilates, yoga, table tennis, and art groups.

We missed a couple of monthly catch-ups and market days due to severe weather, but these community gatherings are growing more popular each month.

The hall has held Gympie Council’s Studio Trails and Night at the Flicks, Coastcare’s BioBlitz, Andrea Kirwin’s Tracy Chapman tribute, weddings, birthday parties, and a trivia night.

On a sadder note, the hall was the venue for the huge funeral of much-loved local Tim Janek in May, but Tim’s legacy lives on through the Rainbow Beach Blokes men’s mental health group. Please support their 2023 calendar.

In December we have The Big Weekend of fun, starting with Rainbow Beach Markets on Saturday 10th from 7am to 12pm. Stick around for the Festival of Small Halls at 6.30pm that evening. Tickets are ONLY $15 – available online, from the CIRS office, with a limited number at the door.

Then on Sunday afternoon, Santa Comes to Rainbow! Relax with great music, photos with Santa, raffles, and lots of family fun. It’s all happening in the centre of Rainbow Beach.

We will be closing for the Christmas-New Year period from 16 December, but Friday Catch-up will still be held on 23 December in front of the hall.

Thanks again to all Rainbow Beach community members. Safe travels and see you when we open Monday 9 January 2023.

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