Alison Mollenhauer and Nathan, 12, from Coolabunia, enjoyed a colourful start to Saturday

December 13, 2021

Heritage Community Branch Nanango’s 20th birthday celebrations took a colourful turn on Saturday morning with a special “rainbow run” along the Ros Gregor Trail.

Runners registered online for the opportunity to get five shades of chalk thrown at them as they negotiated the 1.8km long course and back.

Their reward? Clean shirts spattered in multi-colours plus ice blocks and plenty of smiles!

Run organiser Skye Douglass said 165 runners had pre-registered but a few more had turned up on the morning.

It was difficult to work out who was having more fun, the runners dodging chalk or the people throwing out the colours.

The rainbow run was the start of the Heritage birthday celebrations, which continued with a sausage sizzle on Monday (see below) and will culminate with a monster fireworks display at the Nanango Christmas Carnival in Pioneer Park on Thursday night.

Three well-known faces from Heritage Nanango Community Funding – David Kenny, Wendy Zerbst and Jane Hodgkinson – have a lot to celebrate!
Run organiser Sky Douglass with South Burnett mayor Brett Otto and Nanango businesswoman Jane Erkens … the mayor gleefully joined in throwing chalk at the runners!
Melissa and Harry Ballin, from Nanango, were ready to get colourful
Jennie Bridge, from Kingaroy, with five-month-old Frankie … looking forward to all the colourful fun
Alex Campbell, 10; Phoebe Pedron,10; Channae Hendy, 11; Kaley Campbell, 8; and Lexii Hendy, 8
And the runners take off … this would be the last time their shirts would be pristine white!
Runners had to negotiate a gauntlet of colour stations as they covered the 3.6km run …
… and this was the result; Karl Kaye, from Nanango, was coated from head to foot

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Monday Celebrations

Heritage Community Branch Nanango’s celebrations continued on Monday with a free sausage sizzle and cupcakes outside the bank on the corner of Fitzroy and Drayton streets.

The celebration was also broadcast live on CROW-FM, and it drew a bumper crowd all morning.

A crew of volunteers from Nanango’s Men’s Shed manned the barbecue, serving up about 300 sausage sizzle sandwiches and dispensing an equal number of soft drinks to guests, who were also invited to inspect the recently redecorated interior of the bank.

Afterwards, they could enjoy a piece of the branch’s “birthday cake” which (for convenience) were miniature cupcakes freshly prepared for the day by AJ’s Cakes.

Branch staff were on hand to answer any banking questions, and members of Heritage Nanango Community Funding (HNCF) were also on hand to discuss the branch’s community funding program, which has returned more than $4.5 million to the town’s community groups over the past two decades.

HNCF chair Wendy Zerbst said she was delighted with the roll-up.

Wendy said she was now looking forward to the town’s Christmas Carnival in Pioneer Park this Thursday night (December 18), which will cap off the week-long birthday celebration.

Heritage are major sponsors of the event, and this year they’ll also be sponsoring a bigger-than-usual fireworks display to ring in the festive season and the start of the branch’s third decade of operations.

New Heritage staffer Lochlan Ezzy hammed it up with CROW-FM’s breakfast announcer Shaz Birkett at Monday morning’s 20th birthday sausage sizzle
HNCF chair Wendy Zerbst with some of the branch’s “birthday cakes” … Wendy said the group had decided to go with cupcakes rather than a traditional cake because cutting up a big cake would have been “incredibly messy”
A team of volunteers from the Nanango Men’s Shed were kept busy manning the barbecues and dispensing sausage sandwiches and drinks all morning … HNCF have been a major supporter of the Men’s Shed since it was founded

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables
Beautiful Xmas Gifts from Shop 38, Kingaroy - click here


One Response to "Heritage Parties In Full Colour"

  1. Nina  December 14, 2021

    Congratulations to the people with the vision and commitment to get this Bank and the Fund started 20 years ago. You put your money where your mouths are and the community benefits enormously. Not many have that courage and commitment – long may you last and thrive!


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