Bloomin’ good fun at event
THE tireless efforts of those involved in rebuilding the region after the 2013 floods was recognised and celebrated at the Salvation Army Tom Quinn Centre.
The Bloom 'n' Tune event held at the centre on Saturday attracted more than 3000 people, a turnout which pleased centre manager Tom Osborne.
"The response from the community was unbelievable," he said.
While there was plenty of entertainment on offer, Mr Osborne said one of the biggest crowd favourites was the food, with everything from wood-fired pizzas to kebabs on offer.
"The food in particular was incredible," he said.
"We sold 750 coffees out of the cafe."
The event was designed to recognise, 18 months on from the 2013 floods, the unfailing efforts that had been delivered to get the region back on its feet after the disaster.
"Eighteen months on from the floods the Bundaberg Salvos are still working to help people back in their homes, providing counselling, rebuilding homes and providing furniture and white goods, and this work will continue for at least another year," Mr Osborne said.
"But we are looking forward and it's time to celebrate our successes."
Mr Osborne said about $10,000 had been raised.
"It was a really fantastic effort," he said.
"It was a thank you and a bit of a cheer up for people that went through the floods and it was a nice chance to kick up our heels and to showcase the centre."