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Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries

1/October/2021
Festival Committee members from left: Sandal Hayes, Liz Gallie, Judy Brady, Meryl Harding, and Yoko Yasui (Photo supplied)

Cassowaries were the centre of attention at the Mission Beach Monster Market on Sunday, September 26. 

The new Mission Beach State School road signs were a popular backdrop for the many market goers keen to have their photos taken to help celebrate World Cassowary Day held each year on September 26.

Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
Well-known fruit and vegetable stall holder, Gail, was happy to support World Cassowary Day (Photo Liz Gallie)
Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
Nicola and Beau show just how much they love Cassowaries (Photo Liz Gallie)
Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
Lovely Sarena from Tully (Photo Liz Gallie)

The stall set up by Mission Beach Cassowaries also promoted the new date for the Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival, now to be held on April 30, 2022. 

 “We are indebted to the community, who show their support for Cassowaries at every opportunity,” said Festival Coordinator Liz Gallie.

Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
Festival Committee members from left: Sandal Hayes, Liz Gallie, Judy Brady, Meryl Harding, and Yoko Yasui (Photo supplied)
Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
Cate, Scott, and Adam of Mission Beach Scouts at the Mission Beach markets (Photo Sandal Hayes)

The Festival Committee extends its thanks to Art Print Frame and the Mission Beach Scouts group for their support to produce and print the twenty new road signs designed by the Mission Beach State School Kids. The signs help raise driver awareness to take extra care and attention when travelling through cassowary country.

The Cassowaries are also the real winners of a Rock and Roll Quiz Fest fundraiser held by Baden and Angela Chapman. Each year, loyal rock and roll enthusiasts are entertained by ‘The Quizmaster’ from his stage during a hilarious afternoon of fun and competition. The team with the most points takes home medals at the end of the day. 

Well over $2,000 was raised for Mission Beach Cassowaries in August this year, with a marvellous donation of $500 from Rick Churchill of Alice Springs. 

“The amazing contributions from our sponsors were nothing short of spectacular this year,” said the ‘Quizmaster,’ Baden. 

“The camaraderie between the teams is fantastic when looking down from the stage.”

Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
Baden (The Quizmaster) and Angela Chapman (Photo Liz Gallie)

“For the past eight years, Mission Beach Cassowaries has been the lucky recipient of Baden and Angela’s fundraising and we are so grateful to his dedication to help Cassowaries” said the group’s President Liz Gallie. Baden loves Cassowaries and, as he has a mowing and gardening small business, he gets to see them often. 

“The generosity and support of the community has helped fund many projects to help raise awareness of Cassowaries,” advised Liz.

Mission Beach community always ready to celebrate Cassowaries
World Cassowary Day is held each year on September 26 (Photo Liz Gallie)

 

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