We live in a beautiful part of this planet… blue skies, beaches and blessings everywhere you look. As we race from job to home, from school to shops, or from the highways to the byways… it is often easy to take this all for granted, and to forget that some of us do it pretty tough. Thank goodness there are some amazing organisations around that don’t forget. They look after Sunshine Coaster’s requiring support, help, education, or with special needs. And they are largely run by a solid team of volunteers who care about our community and front up day after day to help make sure that none of us fall through the gaps.
At Secrets, we believe the world goes around on kindness… not just giving money or things but giving time and of yourself. We are constantly humbled by and grateful about each and every one of our staff, suppliers, treehouse guests, Dining on the Deck patrons, and wedding couples, and their ongoing support and commitment to our business. We want to ‘pass it on’ wherever we can, and usually that means we donate to many of the charities calling for donations, and we raffle off accommodation stays and restaurant vouchers to raise money for worthy local community groups. Every year since 2010 we have supported the community by raising nearly $20 000 for local groups and charities. In the past it has been for ovarian cancer research, breast cancer research, support for families and women with breast cancer, support for the local homeless, and last year it was for the local primary school who needed some basic improvements.
This October and November we are giving a ‘Helping Hand’ and running a raffle to raise money for 2 local charities. We really hope you get behind this fundraiser and buy a ticket when you pop into Secrets over the next few months. Each ticket goes in the draw to win one of 4 main prizes… either a 1 or a 2 night midweek stay in one of our world-class treehouses, or 1 of 2 restaurant vouchers for a meal at Dining on the Deck. Every cent of your raffle ticket purchase will go towards supporting the Shack Community Centre and Lily House!
The raffle will be drawn at a special fundraiser morning tea on Thursday 28th November starting from 9.30am and going until approximately 11am. Members of the public are invited to come to see the prizes drawn while enjoying a tasting plate of morning tea morsels. There will be lucky door prizes including a night’s stay and others, a guest speaker and some fun guaranteed. Please make a booking. Morning Tea $15 with profits going to the local Charity in Maleny for the homeless.
Tickets and Morning Tea bookings can be purchased at Secrets on the Lake, online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (07) 5478 5888.
We live in a society where teenage homelessness is dramatically rising, domestic violence is rampant, and many young pregnant women and mothers are offered little or no support as they face the future. For the last 11 years, Lily House accommodation centre seeks to directly address this problem by providing tangible support and accommodation for these women at the moment they need it most! Lily House is staffed and maintained totally by volunteers on the Sunshine Coast.
The Shack Community Centre
The Shack Community Centre was established in Nambour over 17 years ago to provide for the needs and concerns of our diverse community. There are a range of small group programs for men and women ranging from Drug and Alcohol groups to Domestic Violence support groups, accommodation referrals, and a multitude of other services. The Shack is staffed and maintained by a committed group of volunteers, the community of churches and many families who have given their time and resources to support over 10,000 people.