Every year some of the Ration Shed team work hard to organise the Cherbourg “Golden Oldies”. Golden Oldies is for the over-50s. It was started 25 years ago when some elders in the community decided they were tired of catching up with old friends only at funerals. They wanted to organise an event once a year to celebrate life, fun and friendship. A place where people can dance, laugh and reminisce.
People with links to the community – come from all over Queensland and NSW for the weekend. Each event usually has a theme. This year it was open house.
The activities in the Welfare Hall started with a performance by the dynamic Wakka Wakka dancers followed by singing and dancing by members of the Samoan Queensland rugby league team who were visiting Cherbourg to play a match against the Cherbourg Hornets.
Roger Knox, Lance O’Chin and the Muddy Flats band had people shaking a leg on the dance floor. There was much laughter and a good time was had by all
On the Sunday the Ration Shed hosted a breakfast at The Ration Shed Museum which was sponsored and organised by the Building Strong Families Foundation.
This years Golden Oldies event was funded by the Clermont Aboriginal Development Organisation.