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Moruya Australia Day celebration on 26th January

Thanks to the Beagle Weekly

Articles in the local press prompted five outstanding nominations for the Moruya and District Citizen of the Year 2017.

The Australia Day Committee president Derek Anderson said, ‘It was heart-warming to see so many dedicated people helping the community.’

The committee had quite a task to choose between coaches, referees and organisers for basketball, soccer, little nippers and hockey teams that keep the young healthy. Or the fund raiser for hospital equipment that everyone needs at some time in their lives. But the safety service for boaters does a great job possibly saving lives. Then there was the lady who gives free guitar lessons to those who cannot pay, visits the sick and dying and supports anyone in need. But giving food to the hungry, clothing to the cold and entertain the elderly is also so worthy.

The diversity of good deeds reflects the different experiences and opportunities of the givers. Many giving a lifetime of contribution.

The 2017 Moruya District Citizen of the Year will be presented with a trophy at the friendly Moruya Australia Day celebration, 26th January, on the banks of the Moruya River around the rotunda in Russ Martin Park.

It starts with a BBQ breakfast, of course, at 8.30 am, with burgers, bacon, eggs or an Aussie taco – that’s a sausage in bread. Sculluccino provides excellent expresso and cake to the Lions and Rotary volunteers and guests.

The gentle tones and popular songs played by the LP duo provide a happy ambience as well as good listening.

The Moruya District Historical Society brings surprising gadgets and there’s a horse shoe throwing competition. Last year a lady who brought along her dog was surprised to win the biggest pet prize. Some mice won the prize for the smallest. You or the kids may like to bring an unusual or best dressed pet or a decorated bike. There is free face painting for the littlies.

The Australian Army Cadet Corp will raise the flag while the national anthem plays. Christine Adams will make Moruyians feel their place in history with her speech about Quarry Park. And Bruce Reid, the 2016 Moruya Citizen of the Year, will welcome this year’s winner.

So there is plenty to see and do at this free community event. Australia Day - Moruya 2017 Thursday 26th January in Russ Martin Park Starting with Breakfast in the Park by the Moruya River from 8:30 Breakfast of bacon & egg or sausage & egg plus juice, coffee or tea $4 DISPLAYS Knitting by the Country Women’s Association Spinning by the Eurobodalla Spinners Moruya Surf Club The Moruya Historical Society FOR KIDS All Morning: Free face painting by Belinda Vagg 9:15 The Best Decorated Bikes & Riders Three prizes $40, $30, $20 9:30 The Great Pet Parade $20 each for best presented, best dressed, most unusual, smallest & largest 9:45 Presentation to prize winners of Primary School Poster Competition, Senior & Junior Prizes of the poster/program competition: 1st $25, 2nd $15 & 3rd $10 FOR EVERYONE 8:30 Horse Shoe Throwing Competition Open & Primary 1st $25 - 2nd $10 10.30 Official Ceremony:Singing the National Anthem with LP Duo & Flag Raising by the Australian Army Cadet CorpsAustralia Day Address by our Guest speaker: Christine Adams (Moruya Granite) Presentation of Moruya & District Citizen of the Year Award (Sponsored by Moruya Lions & Rotary Clubs) Finish the day with LP Duo Further information contact Derek 0427 580 533 or Ron 02 4474 2602

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