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Love Long Beach : #lovelongbeach

A group of passionate residents in Long Beach have banded together to establish a new community association, Love Long Beach Inc, and are launching their group by hosting the ‘Christmas Fling’ on Sunday 8 December. “There are lots of families in Long Beach and initially we wanted to establish a group that represented their interests,” shared Kaliegh Smerdon who kicked off the group with a few other Long Beach mothers. “When we put the call out for people interested in joining us we had a range of people jump onboard. Our goal is to foster a healthy, happy and socially connected Long Beach community for everyone who lives here and so Love Long Beach Inc was formed.” Love Long Beach currently has a handful of members and a small Facebook following and were keen to boost their profile and connect their community socially, so the idea of a Christmas get-together was hatched. “Unfortunately, this year the Carols in Long Beach are not going ahead so we thought we would host an event, not to replace the Carols because we hope they can make a comeback next year, but to get everyone together and have some fun.” Mrs Smerdon said the support for the event had grown quickly and that the community is really behind making it a success. “People have been so excited about the Christmas Fling. One of our most generous residents in Long Beach, Peter Munday from Lennock Volkswagon, who has always supported the Carols, has jumped onboard and provided some seed funding to get the event happening.”

Above: Long Beach locals already in the Christmas spirit eagerly awaiting the Christmas Fling on Sunday 8 December. Funds raised from the event will go towards projects in the area like the upgrade of the playground area. “The Long Beach Rural Fire Service are also involved and will be running the BBQ and helping Santa to make a quick appearance.” The ‘Christmas Fling’ will be complete with RFS BBQ, inflatable waterslide, live music (with the odd Christmas carol thrown in), Santa visit and some good old-fashion games including the Santa gumboot toss and the Christmas dummy spit. The event is open to everyone and the committee are interested in hearing from any stallholders who might be interested to showing off their wares at the event. EVENT DETAILS What: Christmas Fling When: Sunday 8 December from 4pm-7pm Where: Sandy Place Reserve, Long Beach Info: Visit

The Long Beach Crew will be at the Love Long Beach Inc Christmas Fling 2019.

The Long Beach Rural Fire Brigade will be hosting the BBQ at the event with simple food cooked with love. Soft drinks will also be supplied by the Long Beach Crew.

The profits from the BBQ (only) will go into the Long Beach Rural Fire Brigade fundraising account. They will have Fire Trucks at the event and will be sure to have some activities for the kids. They will make sure that every kid gets a chance to fire the hose at a witches hat or tennis ball, or unlucky parent.

The brigade are always happy to answer questions and will have members on hand with Bush Fire Survival Plans. There will also be "helmets" for the kids ( future recruits).

They are told that Santa loves Fire Trucks. Imagine if he wanted to check in and spread a little Christmas joy.

So, if you'e in or around Long Beach, come along on the 8th of December and join in the fun. There will be a water slide and heaps more to offer.

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