It thundered, it rained and it hailed, then as the clouds parted it became apparent even this couldn’t deter the crowds turning out to say THANKYOU! to the Angels in Our Town, taking part in this year’s Bong Bong Street parade. The storms failed to dampen community spirit, with great excitement surrounding the parade and a great community vibe at the concert following.
A fock of little Angels from age 3 to Teens who rehearsed for weeks to pave the way for our community’s unsung and unseen heroes, delighted the crowds and shared messages of encouragement.
“Some crews were drawn away by the call of duty but 30 groups continued in the parade which was a moving experience for everyone,” says event organizer Antoinette Sampson.
“It was a joyous occasion that brought a real sense of the huge adversity we’ve all overcome together in recent times as we cheered on those frst responders and volunteers who so humbly serve us in our time of greatest need.”
The Oxley College pipe band stirred community spirit. Also walking in the parade were students from Bowral High and Moss Vale Public schools.
“So many people have called to say how wonderful it was to see all of our amazing, unsung local heroes, up close, and show them how appreciated they are,” Antoinette says.
The concert in Corbett Gardens immediately following the parade went of with a bang! Darren Percival and High Sheridan brought the house down with the Angels in Our Town song written by Julie Haseler Reilly.
“I passionately believe in this event as an opportunity for our community to come closer together, which is particularly timely as we head into the festive season,” Antoinette says.
Among Angels in the parade were Police Highway Patrol, Search & Rescue, Bikes and Walking Police with Rotary for Domestic Violence. RFS Trucks from among 21 Brigades across our Shire. Fire & Rescue Mittagong and Bowral. NSW Ambulance. SES Trucks, the lead response agency for foods and storms. Vinh’s Military Truck, founder of the Military Museum in Bowral. PoprIn DV support services, U3A Southern Highlands who are strong advocates for Mental Health Awareness. SH community Hospice. Stroke Foundation. Nurses and Paramedics. Red Cross. Second Bite. WSC Bushcare. CWA Moss Vale Evening Branch.
And a host of local school students, Girl Guides, Scouts and dancers of all ages from all villages, from THSPA.
“Our heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone from our community, including our event sponsors and media partners, the schools and many volunteers who played a vital part in making this happen,” Antoinette says. “This is an experience that connects us on so many levels as a community and an important reminder of just how truly blessed we are here in the Highlands to be supported by so many dedicated people.”
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For further information or to speak with any of our Angels involved contact Tina Irving Tina@solitaireconsulting.com.au m: 0403487179