More than 80 guests attended The Spirit Lives commemorative event for the ANZAC centenary held at the Maroochydore Community Centre on 19 April.
Meals on Wheels Maroochydore (MoW) and Suncare Community Services hosted the event which included Vietnam Veterans, War Widows and ex-servicewomen who celebrated together with June Conolly, one the original founding committee members for Meals on Wheels Maroochydore. June received a Living Legend award in 2013 for her valuable contribution and dedication over the years.
Proceedings began with a welcome by the Coastal Caring Clowns, a lively bunch of volunteers who regularly visit hospitals, nursing homes and respite care centres across the Sunshine Coast to spread joy, happiness and silliness.
Guest speakers included Suncare Chief Executive Russell Mason, MoW Volunteer Event Coordinator Dennis Taylor, and Vietnam Veterans Association President Mick Howe from the 23rd City of Brisbane Squad Royal Australian Air Force.
Buderim Mountain State School Choir sang a mix of jolly and heartfelt songs, followed by music tribute entertainer Johnny Bee who brought the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Guests then enjoyed a two-course lunch provided by the Meals on Wheels team, followed by a raffle and prizes.
The Spirit Lives marks 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War, an important period of national commemoration honouring the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our freedom in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a century of service.
Below left: The Coastal Caring Clowns. Right: Hamish and Arna Ogg with Terry Howe. Bottom: Vietnam Veterans Association members at The Spirit Lives lunch.