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THE LUMI Lantern Event

IT’S TIME TO SHINE

THE LUMI Lantern Event is almost here as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands prepare to celebrate a night of light, good food, colour and song.

The BIMSARA sponsored event on Saturday, June 19 from 3-9pm will see sporting clubs fundraising with burgers, hot dogs, soup, ice cream and popcorn.

Musical entertainment on the night comes courtesy of Libby Stubbs.

Locals and visitors will bring their painted lanterns, with local sporting clubs and organisations taking part to brighten up the midwinter night.

Rosie’s coffee kart will warm you up, with a selection of stalls to keep young and old amused.

This is the inaugural night of colourful illuminations, with the hope that the event will become bigger as word spreads.

“The word is already well and truly out,” said LUMI co-ordinator, Mairi Manley.

“We have held a number of lantern-making workshops and are looking forward to seeing the artistic touch of islanders and mainlanders alike, with all welcome at the event.”

“The parade will see some amazing lanterns made and painted by individuals and some spectacular lanterns made by club members to represent their organisations.”

Join the celebration at The Resilience Hub, 2 Union St, Russell Island on Saturday, June 19 from 3-9pm.


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LANTERN FESTIVAL WORKSHOP

A JOY TO CARERS

THE sun played its part in illuminating the colourful lanterns painted by Joy2Care clients recently, as they geared up for the Light Up My Island Lantern Event.

This is the organisation’s second workshop as they prepare to take part in the Light Up My Island (LUMI) lantern parade on Saturday June 19.

The parade is part of a weekend of events organised by the Bay Islands Multi Sport and Recreation Association (BIMSARA) and is the brainchild of Russell Island resident, Sue Goodrick.

Director of Joy2Care, Wendy McDonald joined carers and clients to paint the globe lanterns.

“Our last workshop was a huge success, when we painted pyramid lanterns,” she said.

“This time we introduced some variety by changing the shape. We used globe lanterns this time. And it was a perfect, sunny day that illuminated the works and helped them dry.”

The workshop was held in the gardens of Joy2Care’s home base in Cambridge Street, Russell Island.

Lanterns featured a variety of motifs from butterflies through to rainbows and roses.

“I’m very proud of the efforts made by our clients and staff,” Ms McDonald said.

“I don’t know who had the most fun. We’re looking forward to lighting them up on June 19 at the LUMI Event.

The Bay Island Multi Sport and Recreation Association (BIMSARA) will host the event with food stalls, market stalls and demonstrations by various sporting groups in what promises to be a showcase of what the islands have to offer.

The event will bring the island communities together and welcome mainlanders to share the launch of this annual celebration with song, dance, hot meals and colourful illuminations.

“It promises to be a spectacular night,” said BIMSARA President Leigha Mackenzie.

“The parade will see some amazing lanterns made and painted by individuals and some spectacular lanterns made by club members to represent their organisations.”

“It’s a chance to get out and celebrate our community and light up the winter night.”

Join the celebration at The Resilience Hub, 2 Union St, Russell Island on Saturday, June 19 from 3-9pm.



* Maggie Manley joined her Joy2Care companion Christine Jansen at a lantern-painting workshop.