Community celebration a thank you for flood volunteers

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Lismore City Council is hosting a community party this Sunday, 21 May to thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped others during the recent flood.

The Combined Churches of Lismore are holding a Thanksgiving Service at 3pm this Sunday at Lismore City Hall, and Council is hosting an After Party from 4.30pm.

“On behalf of all flood-affected people of Lismore, we want to thank the volunteers for their care, compassion and hard work to help the community recovery,” Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“In recognition of the hours, the effort, the emotional support and the community spirit volunteers have given, we invite anyone who lifted a hand to help others to join us this weekend.”

Reverend Jim Gallagher of Lismore Ministers Fellowship echoed the Mayor’s sentiments and encouraged volunteers from across Lismore and surrounds to attend.

“People have responded with overwhelming support to the flood crisis,” he said.

“This is an opportunity to thank them. Please come and join in the thanksgiving and celebration.”

The After Party will be held in the forecourt of Lismore City Hall from 4.30pm and people are invited to share a snack, swap stories, reconnect with fellow volunteers and listen to some great music.

The afternoon will begin with a smoking ceremony by Lismore-born Bundjalung man Gilbert Laurie.

“It’s all about coming together to share and care for each other,” Gilbert said.

The afternoon will also include a performance by Lismore songman Luke Vassella and a chance to join Real Artworks to paint love hearts that will form part of a public art installation. There will also be a dancing workshop, massages, bubble blowing, food and drinks.

All volunteers, families and children are welcome.

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