Partying locals dig deep for cause
THE Pavilion was transformed into a sea of green for Friday’s fundraising shindig, which raised enough money to provide learning-driven laptops to at least 14 underprivileged children living in remote parts of Australia.
Gympie’s generous community got into the Irish spirit at the Paddy’s Day Shindig and dug deep to help. The large number of people who attended surprised organisers, 17-year-old Bronte Baldwin, and her family.
A large crowd of about 270 people had caterers run off their feet to find enough food when it was expected a maximum of 240 people would attend.
It was an accomplishment of the “loaves and fishes”-kind for caterer Monica Cannon, who served up plate after plate of the “most delicious Guinness pie” most guests had ever tasted, and a desert of Irish whiskey cake and Bailey’s ice cream.
Bronte thanked the “awesome” wait staff which consisted of Gympie State High School hospitality students and two teachers, and the various musicians and entertainers who helped keep the event lively.
Gympie Apex Club president Glen Smith presented Bronte with a cheque for $500 which will go straight towards the purchase of XO laptop computers – a learning tool designed especially for children living in some of the most remote environments.
The educational aids will be given directly to the children.