SCRUMPTIOUS SOUP: Tom Stewardson in the kitchen making sure the first course is just right.
SCRUMPTIOUS SOUP: Tom Stewardson in the kitchen making sure the first course is just right. MIKE RICHARDS

Over $10,000 and 60 litres of soup goes towards dinner

SIXTY litres of soup, thousands of dollars worth of locally produced food, live performances, and almost 50 volunteers made this year's National Seniors Week annual dinner a night to remember.

To celebrate our region's seniors, members of the Rotary Club of South Gladstone held their 30th annual dinner at the PCYC Hall, serving up a three-course meal and entertainment to over 300 attendees.

The event cost over $10,000 of fundraised money to host.

Club community services director Murray Kay said it was the biggest event the club held.

"It's a huge event - people love coming here to catch up with old friends, socialise, eat good food and enjoy some great entertainment," he said.

"It's all about giving back to our seniors - to thank them for everything they have done for us and everything they continue to do for us.

"The seniors of this town are what made Gladstone the way it is today.

"A tradition that has also been upheld all these years is we always send our guests home with a lamington and they love it.

"It's something we will always do, I think if we didn't uphold the tradition some of our seniors mightn't like it very much," he laughed.

RCSG volunteer Tom Stewardson said he has been volunteering for the club for 25 years.

"We are very fortunate to have such a brilliant group of volunteers, we are all very keen to get in and do something nice for the community, the people have made my 25 here years very worthwhile," he said.

Attendees and old friends Colin Morgan and Andree Graceson said they had been attending the dinner for 10 years and had never been disappointed.

"It's fantastic. We have been coming for so many years for a reason and we will continue to come for as long as we can," Ms Graceson said.

The Gladstone Rotaract Club and Toolooa State High School's Interact Club also provided volunteers on the night.

For more information on events held in Gladstone for National Seniors Week phone, 4976 6306.



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