QSWWA Community Christmas Carols 2017
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On Tuesday 5 December, Woollahra’s beautiful Chiswick Garden was once again covered in picnic rugs and filled with young families enjoying this annual local event. Following a very rainy Monday and threats of continuing showers on Tuesday, there was some fear and trepidation as to whether a cancelation was imminent. However, the gods were kind to us this year and it was great to see the enthusiasm and excitement of the many children who were eagerly queuing to have their faces painted or ‘have a go’ on the jumping castles while their parents sipped on a chardonnay. The fabulous team from Chiswick again generously co-sponsored our event by keeping the barbeque well primed and churning out their delicious sausages and buns. Woollahra Council again stepped up to the plate as one of our major sponsors along with Di Jones Realty and Chiswick Restaurant.
Throughout the evening we were treated to some spirited carols singing beginning with some of the youngest members of the community, the delightful children from Woollahra Pre-School. We then enjoyed Elizabeth Mitchell’s recorder group from Woollahra Public School. There was a wonderful vibe created with voices from all across the park singing along to the familiar words. Following on, we were entertained by a favourite local resident, Gavin McDonough, soul singer and acoustic guitarist.
To ensure that the event flowed smoothly we were delighted to welcome this year as our MC, Giles Edmonds, a director of our association. And let’s not forget Santa who made a grand entrance, distributing gifts and posing with children for photos.
What sets this event apart from so many others is the way in which the community comes together to support and then to enjoy. With the help of local businesses, we were able to create 7 very substantial hampers comprising of gifts and vouchers for lunches and dinners, beauty products and services, medical care and fashion. Each hamper was valued at approximately $750. We are most grateful to the many valued local businesses for their generous donation of goods for the much coveted hampers.
Alan Smith, Treasurer QSWWA