On Saturday 22nd October 2011 the Miles Bluelight committee, along with local businesses and community groups presented the hugely successful “Miles Bluelight Family Fun Day”. Through the generous assistance of corporate sponsors WDRC, QGC and Cockatoo Coal, over 1500 children and adults were treated to a day to remember at the Miles Football Club.
The sky may have been cloudy, but nothing could dampen the smiles and laughter of kids and their families enjoying themselves. Musical entertainment on the day was provided by Band Camp, Tim Drury, Katelyn Grealy and the students of Miles State High School with excerpts of their “Miles Rocks” routine.
Miles Blue Light Coordinator Senior Constable Scott Pogan said the day went off without a hitch. The large number of families who turned up to enjoy the free entertainment & activities bears testament to the need for family friendly activities free from drugs, alcohol and violence in our community. The day was always planned to be for the kids and families to enjoy at an affordable price – hallmarks of the Queensland Bluelight Association’s stance of providing drug, alcohol and violence free events.
It was this safe family/community emphasis that saw a gathering at 12.30pm for a simple and powerful message from Bruce and Denise Morcombe. Bruce and Denise travelled from the Sunshine Coast to Miles to attend the Family Fun Day. Bruce Morcombe said “It is this emphasis on community, families and children that saw Denise and I travel to Miles today. To come and to see what the Miles Bluelight are doing for your community and the encouragement of this violence free family based community day draws strong parallels with the objectives of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation”.
Senior Constable Pogan presented Bruce and Denise with a cheque for $1200.00, being the profits from a “Dance for Daniel” Bluelight disco held in October. Over 100 kids aged from 2 to 15 danced and enjoyed a the evening with it’s Red theme for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. All proceeds were donated to the Daniel Morcombe foundation to assist with the funding and the presentation of child safety lectures throughout Queensland and nationally.
Bruce and Denise were pleasantly surprised by a further generous donation of $26.00 from six year old Will Dobbin, who ran his own lemonade stall with the help of his sister to raise money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
Other popular activities throughout the day included the popular Dunking Machine, Belly Bumpers, slip and slide races, water skirmish, Old-Macdonald’s farm, Bucking Bronco, Jumping Castles and a merry-go-round. There were displays by the State Emergency Service, Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue and the Queensland Ambulance Services. The crowds were entertained by roving performers “Queen Bee” and “Bumbles” while Curly Sue painted hundreds of beaming children’s faces. Old time games including egg and spoon, three legged and sack races, tug-o-war and egg toss activities continued throughout the afternoon.
There was an auction of the “Cookin Coppa” – where a couple from Dalby bid an amazing $1800 for Senior Constable Pogan (who just happens to be a trade qualified chef!) to provide an evening of fine-dining for eight adults with a four course meal prepared in the winning bidders own home. The proceeds of the auction are are going to Bluelight to fund further safe, drug & alcohol free activities for the young people in the community.
In July 2011, Miles Blue Light was the recipient of a QGC Community Investment Project grant for the refurbishment of their MERV Trailer. The trailer was originally delivered in 2006, after being built with funds from a GCBF grant. The Trailer has been well used over the last 5 years, and was desperately in need of a ‘face lift’.
QGC provided over $13,000.00 for the trailer to be transported back to Brisbane and have an internal refit, as well as a respray & new signwriting. The funds also covered the fitout of new flat screen tvs & PS3 consoles & games. The fitting of a shade awning, new laptop & digital camera, audio visual gear and special effects lights had the trailer looking like new.
Miles Blue Light took delivery of their new look trailer in October, and it has been put to good use several times already. As well as being used at the usual Blue Light events, the trailer was put to use at the Family Fun Day at the end of the month.
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