Dianne and Stuart Pryor remind everyone about the annual Coastguard Easter Roadside Collection!
Coastguard Easter Collection
The annual Easter collection is the Tin Can Bay Coastguard’s biggest single event of the year, where the passing motorists, both local and tourist, are encouraged to stop and donate.
After a Covid cancellation in 2020, luckily, this year looks as though they are right to resume.
Flotilla Commander, John Macfarlane, has been with our coast guard for almost 24 years. He says, “For a one-off event, it is a major fundraiser. When I was treasurer we would go 24 hours for three-to-four days; we raised $17,000 one year. But if it was $10-11,000 we were very happy!
“It depends on how it falls for the school holidays, people travelling to the island or if the island or Inskip are closed.”
As always, they would be most grateful for any contribution over that time. After the wipeout last year, they would love to achieve a target of $10,000.
Coast Guard has been saving lives and boats in the Cooloola region for over 40 years. Members have to raise about 80% of the funding required to provide this valuable community service and ensure they are always ready to help in a marine emergency.
Donations go toward training volunteers, fuel, maintenance of the vessels and even providing for their replacement.
Look out for the collectors wearing Coast Guard uniforms and high-viz vests who will be setting up in two locations from Wednesday March 31 to Sunday April 4 at the Rainbow Beach turnoff, and also along the Tin Can Bay road near the school.
“We’ll be out to give it a push. The money goes a long way!” said John.
Jean won a basket of eggs at the CWA – more hampers are on offer for Easter
Easter Bonnet Parade
Rainbow Beach State School is planning to hold an Easter Bonnet Parade on the final Term 1 assembly on Thursday, April 1. They encourage families to get creative in making the best Easter bonnets possible.
The Student Council is sourcing prizes to be awarded on the day. They welcome KindyLinQ and Playgroup children to be involved as well!
Rainbow Beach Sports Club will be raffling off an Easter hamper, drawn Thursday April 1. Tickets are available from the main bar, during their normal raffles. There will also be live entertainment from 5pm till 9pm, with raffles between 6pm – 7pm and on Saturday April 3 from 8pm.
Live music is on every Friday in April, except Good Friday when the Sports Club and bottle shop will be closed and will re-open Saturday, April 3.
Easter egg hunt!
The Mary Valley Rattler looks forward to welcoming guests with their Hop on Board services running over the Easter weekend. Steam Man will join the kids for an Easter Egg Hunt at Amamoor where the train turns on the heritage turntable.
Easter Service times
Church of the Good Shepherd
9.30am Good Friday
9.30am Easter Sunday
The Anglican Church is at 17 Carlo Road – all denominations most welcome.
St John Vianney Catholic Services
9am Good Friday Stations of the Cross
3pm The Passion of the Lord
No Vigil service Saturday, no service Sunday, located in Bream St, Tin Can Bay.
St Peter the Fisherman
Easter Sunday 7am Mass
Manooka Drive, Rainbow Beach
Tin Can Bay Community Church
Good Friday – 8am in the community complex, corner of Gympie and Bayside Roads.
Easter Sunday – 9am in the park adjacent to the RSL hall. Bring your own chair, and all are welcome.
Other churches are welcome to email their regular service times, locations and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org for an upcoming article.