The latest staging of staging of Coolum Carnival may have been the best in 21 years.
On October 26, thousands of people turned out at Coolum State School to help raise more than $55,000 as locals continue to support one of the North Shore’s most popular community events.
School principal, Pat Cavanagh took time to thank organisers Denise French and Cathy Taylor, all the school staff and parents who pitched in to make this year’s carnival such a success.
“Without our dedicated team, this event simply wouldn’t happen. It’s a wonderful demonstration of our school at work within our community. Funds raised this year will go towards the vision of many for the air-conditioning of our school buildings,” Mr. Cavanagh said.
“I want to pass on my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved. Our local SES oversaw parking and crowd control and more than 200 businesses sponsored the carnival in some way. It’s an event that seems to grow in popularity each year and it was great to see a whole new generation coming to enjoy what so many put a lot of work into,” he added.
One of those businesses was the event’s major sponsor, the Marcoola Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank. Community Bank Branch customer relationship manager, Mark Gielis said the carnival continues to encapsulated the North Shore’s community spirit.
“There was such a great energy this year and the crowd was heaving. From side show alley to the pig races and all the fun everyone had in between, it’s a celebration we all love being part of.
“We’re proud to have been long-term supporters of Coolum Carnival and our mascot, Piggy has a ball every year too. There was a lot of laughter and that’s what it’s all about. I really think it compares with any city show I’ve been to. It’s also an important event for the kids, families and most of all, the school as their big fund raiser for the year,” he added.
It seems next October’s 22nd staging of Coolum Carnival can’t roll around soon enough.