A day of Christmas fun at Mossman Gorge

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Mossman Gorge Community threw a Christmas Party on Wednesday 14th December with students, adults and elders treated to a day of fun and laughter with good food, good music, activities and education shared by all. The day started with a jam session led by SEWB Male Health Worker Matty Gibson with everyone encouraged to come in for a sing and a jam. This was followed by student award ceremony where some students received awards for academic achievements. After the awards there was a visit from the big fella in the red suit who arrived with a sack full of presents. Santa Claus, aka Mossman Gorge Male Health Worker Robbie Warren, was a big hit with the kids as he handed out toys and other gifts to the kids.

It was a bright sunny day in the Gorge and by midday the kids were all hankering for a cool down. Local QFES crew obliged them with a good soaking from the fire truck. After the cooldown it was time for the colour run. An obstacle course was set out and the kids all set off in their white shirts while the adults did their best to cover them in coloured paint powder. The final obstacle in the course was a ‘slip-n-slide’ and the Firies hosed down the participants as they slid through. The Firies ‘assisted’ some of the Apunipima staff to cool down as well!

With everyone exhausted and saturated, it was time to hit the shade and get a feed. BBN cooked up a BBQ and everyone filled up on sausage sandwiches with a side of coleslaw. During the lunch break, Apunipima’s staff team of Emily Turner, Sue Charlesworth and Chloe Levers were kept busy educating the kids about good handwashing techniques, the dangers of sugary drinks and the importance of a balanced diet. Most of those that came to learn at the Apunipima marquee went away with some hot merch including hats, bags and headphones!

After lunch the adults prepped their singing voices for some Karaoke while the kids again went for a cool down. Some of the kids headed for the jumping castle while others went for a dip in the river. Karaoke was an interesting affair however some Apunipima staff may wish to see L&D for some singing lessons in 2022! By the time karaoke was wrapping up, kids and adults alike were falling victim to the heat and it was time to end the festivities and pack up.

PHC Manager at the Gorge, Sharyll Ellington, said it was a great turnout and a fantastic event. “The community was very happy, we’ve had a lot of feedback about how much fun everyone had. It was a really great event,” Sharyll said.


Mapoon Health Action Team