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1 April, 2021

Local groups set for year of events

THE 2021 calendar is set to be full to the brim with community groups like Lions and Rotary already in full planning mode.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba Rotarians Kevin Davies and Maree Lopez are looking forward to 2021 and the events it will bring.

THE 2021 calendar is set to be full to the brim with community groups like Lions and Rotary already in full planning mode. 

After a year of cancelled events last year, the groups are looking forward to getting out and into the community hosting events and bringing people back together. 

Mareeba Lions is already preparing for their 2021 Metrogaine in Mareeba which will see teams darting in and around Mareeba competing against each other, and the clock. 

There are also plans in the works for a Pink Ribbon Day celebration now that the Mareeba Lioness Club has disbanded and plans for Christmas in July if there is an influx of grey nomads.

Mareeba Rotary has already put their best foot forward collaborating with Comedy Tours to bring a sunset Skybury tour on Wednesday, March 31.

“It will be good to get back out there, this is the first steppingstone for the year,” Mareeba Rotary President Maree Lopez said. 

The 2021 Field Days have been in the works since last year and Mrs Lopez is excited for this year’s event at the end of May. 

“It’s wonderful to get back out planning and hosting events because that’s what we’re here for,” she said. 

“Building those relationships and fundraising for good causes.” 

Groups in the southern Tablelands have not fallen behind as Atherton Rotary has had its 2021 planner out and has already started writing.

Atherton Rotary President Michael Brzozowski said that the club has experienced nearly a 20 percent increase in membership.

“Were looking to involve a lot more people from the new generation, that 30 to 40 age bracket that are looking to do something and help society and finding that Rotary is a good avenue,” he said. 

“It’s just bubbling at the moment we are excited about the new memberships getting the younger generation involved.

“We are very excited for the year to come.” 

Atherton Rotary and Mareeba Rotary will be hosting the Rotary FNQ Field Days at the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds from May 26-28. 

A walk for mental health is on the cards for Atherton Rotary as they plan a trek through the Atherton area to raise money for mental health.

“It’s all about mental health, trying to keep people strong and get things happening,” Mr Brzozowski said.  

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