CELEBRATING YOUTH: Ari Ogden, 4, with Amy Cornelius, Sarah Duffy and Isaac Ogden, 6, in Mary St yesterday.
CELEBRATING YOUTH: Ari Ogden, 4, with Amy Cornelius, Sarah Duffy and Isaac Ogden, 6, in Mary St yesterday. Greg Miller

300 gather to celebrate Youth Week

THERE was plenty of youthful enthusiasm and energy to burn in Mary St yesterday when 300 people of all ages celebrated Youth Week.

Event organiser Georgie Manthey reported a huge day of music, "jousting" and enthusiasm from 10am to 2pm around the Gold City Centre at the Smithfield St intersection.

"We gave away 250 sausages and not everyone ended up getting one, so I think about 300 people," Ms Manthey said.

SIZZLING: Community Action volunteers Andrea Matthews and Ashley Albury serve a sausage to French backpacker Berengere Carpentier.
SIZZLING: Community Action volunteers Andrea Matthews and Ashley Albury serve a sausage to French backpacker Berengere Carpentier.

High energy jousting was one activity for the adrenaline seekers, with a jumping castle environment and protective clothing for participants who had massive fun belting each other with rubber swords.

PAINTING THE TOWN: Diba, 6, Delara, 8, and Damine Mostofizadeh, 5, of Gympie, also painted their faces.
PAINTING THE TOWN: Diba, 6, Delara, 8, and Damine Mostofizadeh, 5, of Gympie, also painted their faces.

"We had a huge turnout of people from 12 to 25, but we also had grandparents bringing their grandchildren,'' Ms Manthey said.

"Everyone was invited and every one was welcome.

"We had music from the DJ Club, a club for young people, organised through Gympie's Edmund Rice Early Learning Centre.

"We just gave them free rein and it was a good example of youthful talent.

"Overall it went really well," Ms Manthey said.

YOUTH WEEK: Enjoying a big day in Mary St, the Long family – Georgia, 14, Elicia and Marshal, 10, made the most of a perfect day.
YOUTH WEEK: Enjoying a big day in Mary St, the Long family – Georgia, 14, Elicia and Marshal, 10, made the most of a perfect day.

The free sausage sizzle was accompanied by face painting, a selfie competition and prizes.

"Community Action Youth Service is a government agency that puts the events together with the aim of uniting the whole community," Ms Manthey said.

"It's about empowering young people and reminding residents of the role they play in the community.

"It was an exercise in seeing young people's potential.''

Gympie Times


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