Thursday, September 7, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Community spirit has far surpassed even the wildest of dreams of Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church whose Brick By Brick campaign has raised an astounding $250,000 in just four weeks.
This exceptional community effort means that the construction of the new church could begin early next year.
“We need the contract to be signed by mid-November and now that we have the funds in place we will be approaching architects and consultants in the next few weeks,” said Reverend Suzy Sutton.
“Builders can be looking out for tenders from October and contracts will be signed by the end of that month!”
Steeped in history, a church has been located at the corner of Main and Herbert Streets in Proserpine since 1899 when local families worked together to construct the building.
It is only fitting now that the community have pulled together once again to continue this legacy.
Irreparably damaged in the 2017 Cyclone Debbie, the Uniting Church was demolished in 2021.
Since then, the congregation has worshipped at a temporary location, a community hall at the end of the street.
Launching the Brick By Brick fundraiser on August 1, the community were encouraged to participate in the much-needed rebuild.
Individuals could become Community Champions and purchase a “$100 brick” and larger entities could scale right up to “Platinum”, purchasing 250 bricks for $25,000.
Rev Sutton said that she was thrilled to find out at least three platinum sponsors had come on board, but that all the individual sponsors were just as appreciated for their kind and supportive gestures.
“This amazing result means we can step forward confidently,” she said.
“We can’t believe it and all we can say is praise God!”
While Rev Sutton says she cannot wait to see the community enjoying the facility.
“The church will be multi-purpose and provide a space for many,” she said.
“It will be a hub for social life, dinners, meetings, families, markets and concerts.”
The old St James Church before it was demolished in 2021. Photo supplied