Gift-Cycling.

In the days when acronyms and catchy social media phrases take off at light speed. I heard of one recently termed wish-cycling. This is when one places an item in the recycle bin in the secret hope that the people who deal with recyclable material will get it to right place.

Empty plastic drinking bottles ready for recycling.

Sadly this may not be the case, but the news is not always bad. we now have the opportunity together to make a new term. Gift-cycling can become the new way for community organizations to raise money to do good in their community. If we tackle the containers return as well as South Australia we can reap some serious cash, 10 cents at a time.

All you need to do is keep every eligible drink container, bag it up and drop it off. Put the name of you participating group (we hope it will be Emu Park Lions),

on each bag when you take it to a recycle center and you know your gift will benefit a lot of people.

Emu Park Lions club has now registered and you can now simply write out name on your returns and that’s it. As usual every cent raised by Lions is directed to the many projects around the world that the Lions are involved with. We thank everyone in advance for their donation of eligible drink containers.

In Emu Park you can drop to the recycling point at the SES grounds on Tuesday and Thursday.

Family Fun at Emu Park

Emu Park will be the place for families on Sunday 14th April 2019 with plenty of fun activities on offer when the Emu Park Lions host the Triple M CQs Festival of the Wind.

The festival has been growing each year attracting thousands of people to enjoy a fantastic day of outdoor activities. Start the day at 8am wandering through the Park’s biggest market of the year before making your way through festival activities that will culminate with the Bendigo Bank’s monster fireworks display just after sunset.

Look to the skies to see the colourful array of kites of all shapes and sizes being flown by world class professionals that travel from throughout Australia for this event. Fly your own kite alongside the professionals who can offer advice on kite flying techniques. There will be a kit kite workshop where your own kite can be made. New look kit kites are available this year with prizes awarded for best decorated in (3) categories (up to grade 2; 3-4; & open).

Enjoy the carnival atmosphere with rides, games, face painting, entertainment and plenty of food and drink available. Entertainment will include Daniel Miller, the Rockhampton Pipe Band, the Irish/Scottish Dancers and Shawazza. Or, wander down to Fisherman’s Beach for lots more activities. There will be blokarts and sail boats to try with guidance from the experts and a flare demonstration by local Coastguard members.

Try your hand at sand sculpturing – competition entry is free and you just might win a prize. Or, form a team of (4) and enter the wacky beach games that will be a test of your co-ordination and skills. Prize monies will go to the winning teams’ nominated charities in (2) categories: over 16s prizes: 1st – $1000; 2nd – $600; 3rd $400 & under 16s prizes: 1st – $400; 2nd – $200; 3rd – $100. Be an early bird and get your team entry in – for details and registration contact Ellie on 0429384806.

Don’t miss the opportunity to win one of the great prizes donated by The Hideaway GKI, The Rainforest Ranch Retreat Byfield, Sandcastles 1770 and Freedom Fast Cats. Buy a ticket in the raffle that will be drawn at the festival.

Festival co-ordinator Jackie Senior praised sponsors and thanked community volunteers for assisting the Lions in the running of the festival and invited families to come to the beach to enjoy a wonderful day’s activities. It’s a great atmosphere and there really is something for everyone. Just come and be care free and enjoy the age old pleasure of kite flying.

Oktoberfest is getting close.

The 34th Oktoberfest is well into the planning stage. The band has been confirmed and the date firmly set for 27th October 2018.

Groups are already telling us that they are getting prepared. We are expecting more people to turn out in costume than ever before. The costume shops are going to be short supply of Lederhosen and maid outfits so don’t leave your run too late.

If you require accommodation on the coast for this event, make sure you are booked early to avoid disappointment. Get in early as possible.

If you are one of our regular volunteers, or if you are willing to volunteer to help us this year, give us a call. We will be contacting our regulars very soon. New volunteers can approach any of our member with an expression of interest, or even use the contact form on our web site. There are usually some areas and time slots that fill quickly.

So there it is. We are getting closer and the well oiled organizers are looking forward to seeing a huge crowd this year. All the usual fun and if we can manage there just might be a few surprises. My lips are sealed.

Cheers,
Secret Oktoberfest Lion.