A LOVE of country and its people was the theme that played out time and time again at the Australia Day celebrations in Hawks Nest last week.
The weather was far from kind, but it didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending the festivities in Moira Parade Park.
“You don’t melt in the rain,” a philosophical Vivienne Boyd told News Of The Area.
Vivienne, Tay King, Elsa Colella and Jayne Ireland were tasked with the job of selling 500 lamingtons.
Jayne also had another reason to celebrate the day, her own birthday.
“This is what I’m doing on my birthday,” Jayne said.
“My kids will be turning up later this morning and they’ll say, that’s enough work today Mum.”
As always the sausage sangers and bacon and egg rolls were a huge hit.
“We bought 300 sausages, 30 kilos of bacon, 600 eggs and 600 bread rolls,” Lioness President Linda Allan said.
Linda was up at 4.30am on the big day to get things moving although organising the event had begun months before.
“We start organising in November, working out the citizens’ awards.”
‘’It’s a great turn out, we’re stoked,”
Linda also announced the winners of the Citizen of the Year Awards.
Eighty-eight-year-old Joan Wilcox was so overcome at being named Citizen of the Year she could only say thank you.
Ashleigh Searle was named Young Citizen of the year but couldn’t be at the presentation because of work commitments.
Youngsters, Gracie Kitchen, Lilly-Ann White, Sophie Frazer and Keira McGregor had been busy baking in the lead up to January 26.
“We’re selling Australia Day cakes and we’re going to donate half of the money to the pandas in China,’’ Gracie said.
And what Australia day would be complete without games for the kids from tug of war, to three-legged races and the traditional sack and egg and spoon races.
As they’ve done for the past 25 years, the Lioness Club will donate money raised to local not-for-profit organisations.
Tea Gardens resident Kirsten Adam summed up the Australia Day festivities: “It’s a day to celebrate how lucky we are to live in this country.”
By Margie TIERNEY