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The Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund provides $100,000 grant for vital food relief for Coast families in crisis

The Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund is proud to provide a $100,000 grant to Gateway Care Food Centre to support their Food Rescue Program.

Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund donation to Gateway Care Food Centre – Tom Lew and Lani Rafiti from Gateway Care receive cheque from Buderim Foundation’s Rod McKinnon and Rebecca Ramsay – photo by Ross Eason

Buderim Foundation chair Rod McKinnon said Gateway Care Food Centre plays a vital role in providing emergency food relief to families in crisis and those experiencing financial hardship on the Sunshine Coast.

“The Buderim Foundation’s Thompson Charitable Fund is proud to support the Gateway Care Food Centre and their Food Rescue Program,” Rod McKinnon said.

Gateway Care Chair Lani Refiti said the Gateway Care Food Centre is a non-denominational community organisation run entirely by volunteers.

“It currently spends approximately $15,000 per week on food items, ensuring that families in need have access to vital nourishment, and over 50% of these purchases are freely delivered to Sunshine Coast families experiencing financial difficulties.

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BWMCA & Buderim Foundation come together to celebrate Buderim Community Spirit

Two central community organisations, the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) and the Buderim Foundation have come together to celebrate Buderim’s unique community spirit.

Motivated by the Buderim Foundation moving its office into the home of the BWMCA, the Old Post Office Information Centre at the centre of town, the organisations decided it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Buderim Community Spirit and help locals to get involved in their local community.

BWMCA President Errol Richardson said with the recent influx of people to the local area, it is a great time for both organisations to highlight the many ways people can get involved in the community.

“In Buderim we have a unique and special community, largely because of the way so many people choose to get involved in the many opportunities and events on offer.

Buderim Foundation Chair Rod McKinnon said the coming together of the two organisations under one roof is a powerful way to raise their profile right in the heart of Buderim.

“As part of this important campaign, we have had two videos produced to showcase Buderim’s unique community spirit and to point to ways people can become involved,” Mr McKinnon said.

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Buderim Foundation awards almost $60,000 in Community Grants

The Buderim Foundation is today awarding almost $60,000 in grants to be shared by 14 community-based organisations, as part of its annual Community Grants Celebration.

The Buderim Foundation 2022 Grant recipients – photo by Cheryl Nonmus

Buderim Foundation Grants Committee Chair, Rebecca Ramsay said the Foundation was delighted to once again provide support to community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area.

“The grants come from earnings made from the Foundation’s investment fund, so it is thanks to everyone’s donations and the hard work of our Investment Committee, that we are able to deliver the much-needed funding,” Rebecca said.

“This year we will be awarding 14 Community Grants with a total value of $59879.54.”

The special Grants Celebration will be held on Saturday 10th September at the Buderim War Memorial Hall and is a Covid-Safe event.

“The Buderim Foundation concept is simple and has three key components.  Money in, where donations and bequests are received, money managed, where these funds are carefully invested and then money out, with the income from the investments distributed as grants to organisations supporting the 4556 community,” Rebecca said.

This year is the 15th year grants have been distributed. Since 2008, a total of $731,826 has been distributed to 90 community organisations supporting the 4556 postcode area.

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Don’t miss getting your entry in for the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business Awards

With just one month until entries close, the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business are set to be another great celebration of business achievements across the region.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said everyone was really excited this year, with over 150 businesses having already started their applications in the Awards online entry system.

Mrs Swaine said there is some work involved in preparing entries, it was a rewarding process because it allows for reflection that is often overlooked in the day-to-day of business operation.

“Our past winners and finalists all tell us the process of preparing their entries has improved their businesses because it is a chance to review what they have done, see how far they have come, and also identify new opportunities.”

SCBA judging chair providing tips on entering the Awards at info sessions - photo by Reflected Image PR

Free information sessions hold the key to helping win the Sunshine Coast Business Awards

Need some award-winning secrets for your business? Well, they are on offer at the 2022 Sunshine Coast Business Awards information sessions which will be held across the region starting on Wednesday 15th June.

Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said the Awards application process was rigorous, so each year they offered information sessions where attendees could pick the brains of past winners and get advice from experts.

“Past entrants are always telling us the benefits the application process helped improve their businesses, giving them an opportunity to take a more holistic look at their operations, rather than being stuck in the every-day functional work,” Mrs Swaine said.

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More than 5000 gather for Buderim Community Carols

More than 5000 people turned out to enjoy a very special Buderim Community Carols event last night.

The BWMCA event was extra special from the fantastic performances coordinated by Riley Cope Creative, to our dynamic MC Rosanna Natoli from 7News Sunshine Coast, and a visit by Santa himself.
Everyone had a great time at Buderim Village Park full of families enjoying the beginning of the Christmas season. There was also a Buderim Rotary Sausage Sizzle, as well as Fairy Floss from the Buderim Foundation and popcorn from the Buderim Mountain State School P&C.
The weather gods were  kind with the rain holding off until the last Carol was sung, with time for people to get to their cars.
BWMCA Carols sub committee chair Andrew Butterworth wanted to thank everyone involved in making the event such a huge success.
Photos by Ross Eason.
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Sunshine Coast Football Team announce 2020 coaching lineup

The Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football team is proud to announce the coaches for the Senior Mens and Womens for the 2020 season.

The Club is also pleased to welcome back Sunshine Mitre 10 as their naming sponsor for the third season – support that has helped the club to grow and flourish and unveil their new practice kickboard which has been painted with a new mural.

The 2020 season is shaping up to be a very exciting one, especially for the Senior Men’s team, who will be making their debut in the National Premiers League, off the back of their 2019 Football Queensland Premier League win.

Sunshine Coast Wanderers General Manager Craig Williams said 2019 had been a great year for the Club throughout all the age groups, but particularly successful for the Senior Mens team, who took out the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) competition, qualifying them to enter the National Premiers League (NPL) for 2020.

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The Dock Mooloolaba’s first Musos 4 Mates event a huge success

The first Musos 4 Mates @ The Dock Mooloolaba fundraiser on Tuesday night was a huge success with more than 18 local musicians performing for a crowd of about 400 people throughout the night, raising more than $2600 for the nominated recipient, friend Cheryl, a wife and mum of four who was diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time and is unable to work while undergoing treatment.

2. Natalie Oakes & Shannon Nolan from Just Acrobatics wow a huge crowd at The Wharf Mooloolaba 30th Birthday Celebrations with their Aerial Silks acrobatics

The Wharf Mooloolaba & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast 30th Birthday Celebrations attract huge crowd!

More than 6,000 people visited The Wharf Mooloolaba precinct over the weekend to celebrate the 30th Birthday of these two Sunshine Coast icons.

People enjoyed free attractions including incredible Aerial Silks Acrobatic Displays from Just Acrobatics, river cruises, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking as well as a jumping castle, super slide, reptile display and facepainting.

The weekend also included a live broadcast by SEA FM’s Heidi and Jason and there was also a kids go free offer at SEA LIFE that saw thousands visit the attraction.

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said they were delighted to see so many locals and visitors come out to enjoy the entertainment.

“We have worked hard over the past few years to renovate the precinct and everyone has really embraced everything the precinct has to offer so we wanted to thank everyone for this support.

“We are now looking forward to continuing renovation works including work on the Hogs Breath building, our iconic tower as well as the official openning of our food alley later in the year.”

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Dogs on Patrol Day at Nambour for everyone and their dog!

Everyone and their dog are invited to a free Dogs on Patrol Fun Day, promoting personal safety to dog walkers, at Nambour on Sunday 29th July.

Organised by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch, Sunshine Coast Police and Nambour PCYC the day will include demonstrations and displays by Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers, RSPCA and Guide Dogs.

Bli Bli Neighbourhood Watch president Edith Blanck said the day would be full of fun for everyone, especially their dogs!

“We will have lots of competitions including Best Dressed Dog, Best Junior Handler, Handsomest Hound, Most Fabulous Family, Loveliest Lady and Most Gorgeous Golden Oldie,” Mrs Blanck said.

There will also be a free Dogs on Patrol dog leash for every dog that registerers either on the event Facebook page or at the registration desk on the day (one per dog), as well as great activities for the kids including a Jumping Castle (gold coin donation) and a free petting zoo, sponsored by Bli Bli Vet, which is celebrating 20th years in Bli Bli.

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