Each year, Ricon Contractors decorate Cooroy’s beautiful tree on the roundabout at Emerald & Maple Streets which is widely proclaimed to be the best tree on the Sunshine Coast! The Cooroy community is extremely proud of the beautiful Christmas Tree and turn out in droves for the official turning on of the lights ceremony each year.
This year, the Cooroy Christmas Tree is extra special as there will be eight opportunities to sponsor an 80cm star on the Christmas Tree. These stars can be used to memorialise a loved one; or can be dedicated to those who are overseas and can’t be with us during the festive season; or even to give someone recognition for special efforts. A story will be written about the person each star is being dedicated to which will be placed near the tree on the wall of the Cooroy RSL for the month of December.
“Christmas in Cooroy is such a wonderful event that is focussed on family, community and all the spirit of the festive season. Ricon’s Sponsor a Star idea is such a lovely way to include those who can’t be with us,” said Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President, Danielle Taylor.
“We lost my Nana a couple of weeks ago, so I immediately wanted to sponsor a star in her name, Audrey Cooper. She was 94 years old and still living on her own until recently and while she had never made it up to Christmas in Cooroy she followed the media stories on the event and was very proud of my involvement as event manager. This Christmas she will be a part of our town’s special event too and she would be delighted to be memorialised in this way.”
Audrey Cooper nee Hungerford was born in Woombye in April 1921 and had a lot of wonderful stories of her country life there as a child with her siblings. She had many loves but cherished her family most of all. She often commented that as long as she was surrounded by her loved ones, she had everything. She raised her two girls, Raylee and Robyn on her own which would have been a formidable task at the time. She always had an incredibly positive attitude and her advice to others who were feeling unhappy in any way was to try to keep your cup at least half full. Her own cup was mostly overflowing. She was involved in many community associations throughout her life and had plenty of joy to spread around leaving most people happier after being in her presence. She loved her puzzles and was a master of Suduko and crosswords! Audrey also loved writing letters and poetry and has written an extensive life story which the family is considering publishing.
Cooroy’s beautiful Christmas 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” or find out more about Christmas in Cooroy visit www.christmasincooroy.com.au