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School of Arts volunteers are salt-of-the-earth people

ON THE Indee desk this week – along with a letter of demand (obviously wrongly addressed), two pizza delivery pamphlets (they arrive weekly but won’t deliver to our area) and a cut-price offer on a composting toilet – came a a smart-looking booklet titled Festival of Community Halls.

It’s more of an awareness exercise than a large-scale entertainment, coming to a hall near you. Indeed, much of the activity in the festival period (August-September) is what normally happens in such places, although some halls have gone to a tad of trouble to offer some interesting one-offs.

The booklet pays tribute to the committees who work long and hard to maintain the 20-plus community halls that dot the Sunshine Coast.

Just how long and hard came home to me this week when three long-serving members of the executive of the Yandina School of Arts joined the retirement brigade.

Carol Price and husband and wife, Noel and Sandra Brown – long-time Yandina residents – have combined to log up 78 years of lovingly caring for this historic building (its centenary was October last year). Carol has 28 years and Noel and Sandra have 25 each.

Together, they assumed the duties of booking, cleaning, building and ground maintenance, upgrading amenities and seeking funding for improvements. They’ve been passionate, and still are, about the SOA remaining a Yandina town icon.

The Indee had had a casual decade-long relationship with the trio, from time to time hiring the hall for rehearsals.

So it was a natural thing last August to approach them when the theatre was seeking a new home.

The SOA executive gave every help in the re-location.

Sandra, Noel and Carol are inveterate travellers and, with well-earned time on their hands, will be exploring the highways and byways. In print, we offer them a deafening round of applause for demonstrating what true community volunteers are all about.



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School of Arts volunteers are salt-of-the-earth people