September 2013

Coast Care has worked with other international students but these are from the farthest part of the world!! 18 kids plus their 6 chaperones from the African Children’s Choir and members of Cool Harmonies joined with Coolum Coast Care volunteers, Peter Brown, Birte Spenser and Diane Goodwillie to plant trees on the dunes behind Lions Park on Wed. August 28th. AFter a short talk about coastal animals and protecting the dunes, group Leader Abraham put a tray of plants on his head and led his tribe to the planting area which has been nicknamed the Africa site. The kids and adults all loved the activity but when the trees were planted they raced down the beach for a swim.  Coolum District Coast Care has donated the 2013 Coast Care calendar and spinifex stickers to take back to Africa!

The African Children’s Choir is touring Australia for five weeks to raise funds and awareness of the needs for educational support for African children.Its their first visit to Coolum and all performances have been sold out. Together with Cool Harmonies the choirs have been holding workshops and doing performances for the community and for Coolum Primary School and also they are doing a short presentation at the Christian Outreach Centre in Noosa on Sunday September 1st.

At Coolum State Primary, over 1,000 kids plus teachers and parents thundered their support for the group and raised about $800.00. One child brought his piggy bank and dumped its contents into the collection tin!! Diane worked with the Sunshine Coast Council Community Environment Staff, Nadia Joyce to organise the tree planting. Di has been hosting two girls Sarah and Alice (aged 10 and 11) plus their chaperone Jessica all from Uganda.