A Peninsula community event on January 26 raised $1,650 for the Mingaletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation.
Members of the Pearl Beach Progress Association and the Pearl Beach Aboriginal History Group held the all-inclusive, family-friendly event and barbecue sausage sizzle at Pearl Beach.
President of the Pearl Beach Progress Association, Russell Grove, said the association had organised activities for residents and visitors on Australia Day for many years.
“This year was no different except for the restrictions and procedures in place as a result of COVID-19,” Grove said.
“Not to be daunted, as always, there was an enthusiastic group of volunteers who organised a great barbecue of sausages, bacon and onions.
“With the generous support of Pearl Beach Real Estate meeting the cost of supplies, $1,650 was raised in support of the Mingaletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation which provides access to a range of community-based activities, programs and services including health, welfare and educational programs – a great initiative worthy of our support.”
This is the fourth year the association has donated profits from its annual event to Mingaletta, with the proceeds presented to Auntie Dianne Edwards.
Pearl Beach Aboriginal History Group member Peggy Todd said activities on the day focused on remembering and respecting Aboriginal history and culture.
“Pearl Beach loves an inclusive community event and everyone, including the barbecue crew, worked hard for Mingaletta,” Todd said.
“Volunteers toiled from 6am to prepare a COVID-safe environment.”
Todd said 20 families had entered the traditional sand sculpture competition with many displays that represented Aboriginal pride.
“One of the entries was a Ken Done-type version of Uluru with the Aboriginal flag planted proudly on top – talk about lift the spirits,” Todd said.
Other activities included Aussie Beach Best Dressed, thong throwing, cooee calling, and a guessing competition of how many Minties and Fantales were in a jar—with the winner guessing the exact number.
Grove said traditional Australian treats like lamingtons and watermelon were also available for purchase, which helped raise money for the Salvation Army.
“It was a great morning of fun and laughter bringing enjoyment to all who participated,” Grove said.
“We owe a big thank you to all those who organised the various activities and also to those who participated in another Pearl Beach Progress Association sponsored activity.”