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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Caboolture Clubs Say Thanks

FAST TRACKED:  Ian Heath, Ray Totoro, Margaret Lusk and  Phil Cooper give the thumbs up to the community's support.
FAST TRACKED: Ian Heath, Ray Totoro, Margaret Lusk and Phil Cooper give the thumbs up to the community's support.
CENTENARY Lakes sporting clubs have given a thumbs up to the community spirit that has helped them back on their feet.
Four of the facility’s biggest user groups Caboolture tennis, netball, BMX and little athletics are almost back to normal after being hit hard by the January 11 floods.
All four have been featured in the Herald’s Kick Start campaign, designed to help rebuild community hubs.
At the core of our campaign was a ``wish list’’ of items the clubs needed to get operational again, and the response has been immense.
The clubs received combined cash donations of more than $11,000 and an influx of canteen and maintenance equipment, office stationery and other items.
They have credited the groundswell of donations and support from the Caboolture community with their fast-tracked recovery.
``We just want to say a big thank you to everyone that offered their support and came down to help,’’ Caboolture BMX Club president Phil Cooper said.
Caboolture Little Athletics centre’s Ray Totoro added: ``The generosity of the community has been brilliant. From the clean-up, when we had people from Narangba to Glasshouse come to help, to now with these donations, it has been great. We would not be as far along as we are if we didn’t have the help of the community.’‘
The netball, BMX and little athletics clubs still require some items, but the tennis centre is now fully operational, with junior fixtures returning last week.
The Lions Club of Morayfield and District has provided each club with a $1500 cash donation, while the Bank of Queensland’s Bribie Island branch tipped in $4000 worth of kitchen appliances to the BMX club.
Lions president John Reader said it was a unanimous decision among members to donate to the Centenary Lakes clubs.
``The money that we raise each year comes from the public and we thought it only fitting that it go back to the community,’’  he said.
Caboolture Tennis Association manager Margaret Lusk wished to thank ``all the volunteers, members and their families for their help’‘.
Caboolture Netball Association president Greg Sonter echoed those sentiments.
``It is fantastic that individuals and businesses, who have no direct attachment to the association, have come forward to donate equipment lost by local flood-affected sports clubs,’’ he said.