Una and Reg Bryant were both outstanding in their community service, making a major difference to Cooroy with their volunteer efforts that spanned more than 50 years. It is fitting that they are being remembered with a Christmas Star on the Ri-con Cooroy Christmas tree this year.
“The Cooroy Chamber of Commerce chose Una and Reg to be memorialised with a star because they both embodied the spirit of Christmas in Cooroy. Una volunteered many times at Christmas in Cooroy and Reg was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Cooroy, who co-host Christmas in Cooroy so it is very fitting that they will both be remembered on the tree this year,” said Cooroy Chamber of Commerce president, Danielle Taylor.
Reg was a founding member of Cooroy Rotary Club and both Una and Reg were members for many years. Reg was also instrumental in the establishment of the Probus Club of Cooroy. Una and Reg made a particularly outstanding contribution to the development of Kabara, Cooroy’s locally-funded 40-bed aged care facility for people who could no longer live independently in their homes. Una continued to volunteer her time fundraising and regularly visiting people at the facility. They had a string of other efforts and achievements that are too long to list but their legacy lives on in many ways and they are very missed in Cooroy.
Both Una and Reg were well recognised for their efforts with a string of awards. Una was awarded a Commonwealth Recognition Awards for Senior Australians, the Premier’s Awards for Queensland Seniors and a Moderator’s Community Service Medal for devoting much of her life to improving the wellbeing of people in her community. Reg received an Australia Day Award and the Rotary has a Reg Bryant Memorial Award which is given to people in recognition of outstanding community service.
Cooroy’s beautiful Christmas tree on the roundabout at Emerald & Maple Streets is decorated each year by Ricon Contractors and is widely proclaimed to be the best tree on the Sunshine Coast! This year, the Cooroy Christmas Tree is extra special as there will be eight sponsored stars on the Christmas Tree that will be dedicated to special people from the community. The tree is turned on in an official ceremony on Friday 4th December and as a further show of community spirit, people are urged to bring along a non-perishable item which will be donated to create gift baskets for those in need this festive season. To “Sponsor a Star” for a special loved one or find out more about Christmas in Cooroy visit www.christmasincooroy.com.au.