Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Editor's Note

Hi Everyone,

As we draw to the end of Festival season, I am reflecting upon the amount of incredible events we have here in the Whitsundays.

For the size of our population, we certainly punch above our weight in the amount of community gatherings, lively festivals, sporting events, and charity fundraisers we host over the year.  

What I love most about these occasions is that the majority are not only connecting people, they are also raising either awareness for a good cause or raising money to fund a significant project.

On Saturday, I attended the Colour Run at Coral Sea Marina where my son and I were covered in pink powder to raise awareness for child protection.

From one extreme to another, the following day, along with some of the team, I headed to the White on Whitehaven Long Table Lunch for a spectacular afternoon wearing white and drinking champagne on Whitehaven Beach.

The juxtaposition of each event was not lost on me!

As the Whitsunday weather heats up, the social events do slow down, but we do of course have the Airlie Beach Festival of Music to look forward to.

In addition, and close to my heart, is the upcoming Tiny Homes Fundraiser at Cape Gloucester Resort (check out the full story on page 21).

This event is hosted by a dedicated team of local women who are raising money to fund four tiny homes in Proserpine for other local women who are over 55 and homeless.

The committee are very close to their goal and with construction expected to start this year, they are encouraging everyone to get involved.  

I attended the last event which was held at the Bali Hut lawn of the Whitsunday Sailing Club and it was phenomenal.

Raising money while having fun and dancing the night away under the stars has to be one of my favourite things to do and this event will undoubtedly be fabulous too.

So, if you haven’t been to one yet, make sure you book a ticket and get involved!


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” (Winston Churchill)

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