Buderim Community Carols to herald the beginning of the Christmas season

It’s only a few weeks until the Buderim Community Carols will once again herald the beginning of the Christmas session.

This year’s event presented by the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA), with the support of the Community Bank Buderim Bendigo Bank, will be on Sunday, 10th December, from 5.30pm, at the Buderim Village Park, Church Street, Buderim and the BWMCA Carols Committee has been working for months, planning the event, which will be the best yet.

BWMCA Carols organiser Andrew Butterworth said last year’s event attracted at least 3,000 people, with families coming from across the Coast to celebrate together.

“This year’s entertainment is once again directed by local entertainment professional Riley Cope, and we are delighted that 7News Sunshine Coast’s Rosanna Natoli joining us again as MC.

Riley Cope said this year’s program would feature performers from Buderim Youth Theatre, Elite Dance Institute, Cope Creative and Musical Theatre Holiday Intensive.

“There will also be plenty of opportunities for the community to join in and sing together,” he said.

Peter Macdonnell from Community Bank Buderim, Rosanna Natoli from 7News Sunshine Coast, Santa, Carols director Riley Cope, Carols chair Andrew Butterworth, with Maia (8) and Ethan (6) Warren

Mr Butterworth said more community organisations were also getting involved to offer a wide range of food for sale so families could really make a night of it, enjoying dinner or some treats while enjoying the Carols.

Food and refreshments available for purchase will include a sausage sizzle from the Buderim Scout Group and hamburgers from the Buderim Rotary Club, hot dogs and nachos from the Leo Club from Chancellor Park State College as well as popcorn, fairy floss, lollies and drinks from the BWMCA and Buderim Foundation.  These volunteer organisations will be raising funds for their particular charities. Entry to Carols is by gold coin donation, and safeflame candles and other fun products will also be available for purchase, with funds raised going to the BWMCA.

“We hope the Buderim community will join in on the spirit of peace and goodwill as we head into Christmas, and we would love to invite families from communities throughout the Coast to join us,” Mr Butterworth said.

“So bring your chairs or picnic rugs and come and celebrate together.”

Community Bank Buderim Bendigo Bank branch manager Peter Macdonnell said the Carols would once again be a great way to welcome in the festive season and come together as a community.

“We are so fortunate to have such a talented line-up of performers, It will be a very special event and one which the Bank again is very proud to support,” Mr Macdonnell said.

Rosanna Natoli said she was really looking forward to sharing the event with the people of Buderim. “I simply adore Christmas and carols in particular. It’s not often we can come together as a community to celebrate something as pure, universal and heartfelt as the joy of sharing time with family and friends at this time of year.

“I love singing and candlelight – so to be able to combine them for an evening is simply heaven for me!”, Rosanna said.

The event is made possible through the generous support of event partners including major sponsor Community Bank Buderim Bendigo Bank and proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program, Hopkins Manttan Solicitors, the Rotary Club of Buderim, Reflected Image PRoductions, Cope Creative, JPG Print and Design, Fenwicks Fruit Emporium, and 104.9 Sunshine FM.

Like last year, in addition to printed programs, there will also be electronic programs available via QR code so you can get Carol lyrics on your phone or mobile device. Grab the QR code from the BWMCA Facebook page – it will be posted a couple of days prior to Carols or ask one of the volunteers at the event.

Parking around the Buderim Village Park is available with community organisations operating car parks with entry by a donation at the following locations:

  • Buderim Mountain State School, Main Street, Buderim 4556 – to be operated by Buderim Lions Club
  • Buderim Uniting Church, 2-10 Gloucester Road, Buderim 4556 – operated by church volunteers
  • St Mary’s Catholic Church, 24 King Street, Buderim 4556 – operated by church volunteers

To keep up to date with weather conditions in the lead-up to the event, stay tuned to 104.9 Sunshine FM and the BWMCA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/buderimwarmemorialcommunityassociation. In the event of severe weather, the show will go on in the Buderim War Memorial Hall next to the park.

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