News

Putting unity back in community

Matthew Jacobson, Leetoia Williams, Ruby Schofield (8) and Joanne Robson at Fingal Head public school.
Matthew Jacobson, Leetoia Williams, Ruby Schofield (8) and Joanne Robson at Fingal Head public school. John Gass

SOME of this youth worker's fondest Fingal Head memories are of its strong community.

Leetoia Williams was born there, and returned one year ago after seven years working internationally as a missionary and would like to help connect its people once again.

This is the aim of the "commUNITY"gathering event she has organised for this Saturday March 31.

Ms Williams said the theme of the day was "back to community".

"This has been in planning for a while, because I noticed the community wasn't having the get-togethers they did when I was growing up," she said.

"I've noticed a lot of division, and felt it was an urgent thing in my heart to stand up against discrimination."

She referred to hateful graffiti which was spray painted on a wall at Fingal Cemetery during early March, and said discrimination and racism could be defeated by love.

Ms Williams is a youth worker with Coolangatta-based Krurungal and developed a passion for guiding young people during her missionary work.

"There are issues out there such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism and drug abuse, so hopefully bringing kids together in an atmosphere such as the commUNITY gatherings will be beneficial.

"Because they're so young they're very open to things, while older people might be more set in their ways."

The event, which runs from 10am-2pm (NSW) on Saturday, will feature food, touch football and the opportunity for local artists to entertain.

"I'm hoping to do it once a month," Ms Williams said.

"I've got a small group of people willing to help me and I'm going to see how this one goes first.

"I've got big ideas for the future: I'm thinking of running workshops."

Missionary work taught her how materially wealthy but time-poor Australia was.

"Our community is so busy, and with events like this we can drop and just breathe and have time to just hang out with people.

"Hopefully it will bring people together and reconnect them."

The commUNITY gathering will be held at Fingal Head Primary School.

Phone Ms Williams on 0401 571 791 if you would like to help.

Topics:  community, fingal head public school, missionary



NORTEC is making business simple

BUSINESS TRICKS: Felisimina Jom from Nortec Small Business Solutions wants to help small businesses in the Tweed succeed.

Find out ways your small business can succeed.

Tweed hockey star scorching

Queensland Blades' Abby Eleison, Rebecca Greiner Savannah Fitzpatrick and Jodie Kenny with the four National Championships titles.

Tweed hockey star scorching on the national stage.

Rising star wins Tweed Coast Tennis International

Lizette Cabrera's breakout title could see her receive a wildcard into January's Brisbane International

Junior on the rise after taking out Tweed Coast Tennis International

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.