In what is always a wonderful time of year, kuril dhagun and SLQ once again hosted Sunny Murri Christmas on Saturday 2 December. In it’s tenth iteration, we decided to celebrate all things unique with the Queensland lifestyle. Much of our memories growing up in the sunny state have connections to the lands and waters we live on, often spending our Summer holidays by the beach, the pool or simply the home backyard with family and friends.
First up during the week, kuril dhagun and Murri Claus visited the Queen Street Mall for The Gathering. On what was a bad weather day, Murri Claus remained his usual jovial and festive self along with the help of a few of his elves and some keen participants from the crowd to sing some of the classics. We had colouring in flyers and giveaways to those who attended, and invited all to come along to Murri Christmas at SLQ later that week.
As the name suggests, it was only appropriate to host Murri Christmas outside in the sunshine on the lawns of Maiwar Green. Murri Claus again had a performance to remember, as the near 120 strong crowd gathered around to join in on the Christmas cheer. The stage was set for the afternoon with a scene inspired by an SLQ Collection item from ‘The Queenslander’ magazines, showing Santa riding a wave on an inflatable toy, along with a retro surfboard and wave props.
In what was almost festival-like, we had many different fun and engaging activities for children and families to get involved with. These included hands on Ink and Cyanotype workshops with Katina and Kelly, sand and water tables, sponge bomb and water squirter games, bubble machines, inflatable toys and much more. A special mention must go out to Jordan and Liz from Surf Lifesaving Queensland who so generously volunteered their time to assist us on the day with their Marquee setup and van, and also for being on Zooper Dooper duty for the afternoon; sure to always be a hit with the kids!
Many new faces were there to see and enjoy the day’s festivities, with some familiar ones able to come and enjoy the day with us once more. One of our former kuril’s Perry Mooney was there on the day, making this the tenth consecutive Murri Christmas event she has been to!
In what was our last event for 2017, a large number of people deservedly require thanking for helping to put on an extremely successful day. First thanks must go to Getano Bann who played our Murri Claus once again, the crowd was never short of a laugh and excitement with you at the helm. Thank you to all of the SLQ staff and volunteers who either attended or put their hand up to assist the KD team on the day to pull it all together. Special mentions must go to John Mobbs, Lone Keast, Linda Barron, Kelly Leahey, Todd on the A/V deck, Lewis our photographer and Callan Murray and Jacinta Bligh for coming on board as SLQ Volunteers to help us out.
Thank you to Jordan and Liz from Surf Lifesaving Queensland, who travelled up from the Gold Coast to attend the day. What a fantastic opportunity to have you both add to the experience of the day for the community!
A huge thank you goes out to our Manager Amanda Hayman, who’s last Murri Christmas is this year. We cannot thank you enough for the support, guidance and leadership you have shown here at kuril dhagun and in the community. Murri Christmas we forever be one of your many lasting legacies here at SLQ.
Last but not least, thank you to everyone in the community who came along on the day. We couldn’t have hoped for a better turnout and we thank you for making this one of the highlights of 2017. As the year comes to a close, we would like to express our thanks to all in the community who have come along and supported our events, programs and exhibitions this year. We have had a year to remember, and we look forward to continuing to work with, for and alongside you in the new year.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
The kuril dhagun team.