04 April 2012

Ipswich Awakening's Easter Monday Funday at Queens Park set to attract 15,000 to free day out

Busy times: Hans Booij, Narelle and Ron Lambert
 prepare for the Easter Monday Funday at Queens Park

Easter treat: Jason Winton, at Shingle Inn,
 says hot cross buns are a family favourite.

More than 500 volunteers will help cook 10,500 hot dogs for an expected crowd of 15,000 at the Easter Monday Funday. 

Co-ordinator Hans Booij said the volunteer army would also prepare 1000 pieces of fish, snow-cones, popcorn and fairy floss all free to the public.

But Mr Booij warned fun seekers against over indulging before they jumped on rides, including the Gravitron.

Mr Booij reflected on how the Funday had grown from 12 volunteers entertaining 200 people in 1993 to a logistical operation involving many churches across Ipswich, businesses and Ipswich City Council. 

Mr Booij said the fun day was the largest free event in Ipswich. It starts at 10am in Queens Park and runs until 4pm.

Meanwhile, hot cross buns are still a favourite during Easter.

Shingle Inn Ipswich franchisee owner Jason Winton said hot cross buns are an excuse to ``indulge a little bit'' over Easter.

``I just love how all the flavours come together, and it's a melt-in-your-mouth sensation,'' he said of the buns traditionally eaten hot on Good Friday.

``We firmly believe that the tradition of hot cross buns has evolved into being about spending quality time with family and friends, and I really love that I'm able to offer my customers a delicious treat to enjoy over the Easter holiday.

``Customers really enjoy our hot cross buns and appreciate that we've been staying true to our recipe for over 75 years, using only the freshest and genuine ingredients.

``A great hot cross bun experience is about that fullness of flavour with lots of fruit and filling in it'' 

And while hot cross buns and chocolate are seen as a treat during Easter, vets are warning pet owners not to give chocolate to cats and dogs.

They say chocolate can be toxic for pets.


Supermarkets: Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday 

Public transport: Services will generally operate to a public holiday or Sunday timetable from April 6-9

Shopping centres: Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Post office: Closed Friday and on Monday

Editorial by Brian Semmens:

Ipswich Awakening's Easter Monday Funday epitomises true Christian values of giving over the holiday break.

While many residents will head to the coast and dig into chocolate, the fun day will be a great way to celebrate the true Easter spirit.

After all, in the ultimate act of giving, Christians believe God gave them a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus.

Yes, it's a holiday to many people, but also a time to reflect on worthwhile values. About 15,000 people are expected at Queens Park for a free day of food, rides and entertainment.

Well done to Ipswich Awakening and their volunteers for reinforcing the Easter message of giving of oneself.

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