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By Nicki Carroll, School Chaplin

The return of the Beenleigh Cane festival is testimony to what a group of dedicated volunteers can achieve together. The Cane parade was an initiative of the Rotary Club of Beenleigh with the support of our local councillor Karen Murphy and they all worked extremely hard to create a parade that honoured the past but embraced the future, and they were successful in this endeavour. The Rotary slogan is: People of Action and I can testify to this being true.

Our community relies on community minded people who are willing to volunteer their time to make a difference in their community. The Beenleigh region has been known for its active community who work to keep our many clubs, organisations and sporting clubs growing and being successful. The Rotary Club of Beenleigh work tirelessly to support many community groups in our community. They seek no recognition as they are simply happy to make a difference to their community.

As I had the amazing opportunity to team up with my good friend Ray Leon to commentate the Beenleigh Cane Parade. This meant that I had the best seats in the house being set up in the town square. I got to witness the parade but also the reactions from small children who had never seen a ‘real life’ parade. These children were blown away by the large cane tractors, trucks, Dick Johnson’s V8 Super Car, marching bands, bag pipes and dancers. But what truly touched me was the emotions from the elderly who were so taken aback by having they cane parade back in the streets of their beloved town. They were moved by waves of nostalgia, remembering precious memories from their own personal history.

The Cane Parade was a massive success with 2500 community members watching 50 floats march from the Beenleigh McDonalds on George Street, up to the Town Square turning into City Road and making their way to the Beenleigh High School Oval on Alamein Street where food stalls and live music were set up to celebrate the amazing parade.

The 16th October 2021 will be remembered as the day the Beenleigh community made a statement that we are alive with pride, passion and community spirit and this is because of the amazing work by dedicated volunteers who are proud of their community!

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