This month’s column began as an angry rant about visits from politicians and a subsequent lack of follow through on their part with regard to funding.
However I had a change of heart. Not about the politicians (you can read that rant on The Canungra Times Facebook page), but about you.
About the readers, the advertisers, the community who support each other so well.
We have just had Turning Canungra Pink following one of the most affective episodes of our history, and yet people, still traumatised by what they went through in the fires, have banded together to support members of our community battling cancer.
I’ve seen people who had fires go through their properties and people whose homes burned down, still supporting the events during October and I can tell you, it made me really proud of who we are and where we live.
People like Monique Morcus, who spent days on end with no sleep during the fires, driving through fire affected areas to evacuate horses at all hours of the day and night, running her business as well and who then backed up and put together what was one of the best events we have seen – the Canungra Campout. This was a huge effort, especially as a new event with online ticketing and people coming from Brisbane as well as locals. Monique had a great team of volunteers, but I know how much time and effort she put in. Monique has been part of Turning Canungra Pink for many years and continues to support a lot of community events in Canungra as well as other fundraisers. I often wonder where she gets the energy, but we are very lucky she does!
There was a great team of people who helped out throughout the month, and the other person who needs to be mentioned is Nicole Krause. Nicole took on the Coordinator’s role part way through this year, probably without realising what she was in for – and certainly not realising that her property was to be impacted by bushfires.
Nicole pushed forward with all events, supporting other volunteers and always smiling! She gathered a great team around her and looked after everyone very well. It is again testament to our community that people like Nicole, and Monique are happy to volunteer to put their own time and energy into these events for the benefit of the entire community.