Zoe’s Quest hits hearts
THE Widgee Showgrounds came alive on Saturday, with hundreds of people from near and far lending their support to Zoe's Quest.
The childrens's activities, the stalls, the silent auction, the floor auction, the bands, the crowds, the food - all went into making Zoe's Quest a magical day of fun and entertainment for everyone concerned.
Zoe, and indeed her whole family, has been overwhelmed by the response to the quest which has raised many thousands of dollars to help with ongoing costs of her cancer treatment and travel.
The community at large, including people from Widgee, Lower Wonga, Woolooga, Glastonbury, Kilkivan, Chatsworth, Kandanga, Gympie and beyond have taken young Zoe to their hearts and really shown that people do care and will dig deep for those in need.
The culmination of several weeks of careful planning and preparation have resulted in a wonderful response with many thousands of dollars raised from the auctions and white elephant stalls on Saturday.
The money is still being counted as costs are sorted and donations tallied.
This was a wonderful and wholehearted effort from the organisers who must be congratulated and hopefully now are breathing more easily that the big day was such a huge success, even more so than anticipated.
The event had its hiccups, especially in the hours before the big day itself, when the TE Betts Bridge, over Glastonbury Creek, was closed at 5.30pm on Friday, being declared unsafe for traffic.
Frantic phone calls to Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne resulted in a repair crew being on the job at first light on Saturday and the repairs completed - a huge effort from the contractors who worked tirelessly throughout the morning, enabling traffic to access the bridge by 1pm.
The organisers of Zoe's Quest thank them sincerely for their wonderful effort.
Thanks also to the organising committee for their efforts.
The community is aware of the mammoth task undertaken with outstanding results.