JOHN Van De Leur makes his way along Minjungbal Drive yesterday in a re-enactment of Christ?s walk to his crucifixion. Photo:
JOHN Van De Leur makes his way along Minjungbal Drive yesterday in a re-enactment of Christ?s walk to his crucifixion. Photo:

What does Easter mean to you...

By GEOFF ROUNDS

WHEN it comes to Easter, John Van De Leur is committed.

The passionate Christian believes many of us have forgotten the true meaning of Easter.

So yesterday the Kirra 49-year-old dragged a 35kg, two-metre crucifix from Tweed City shopping centre to Chris Cunningham Park at Tweed Heads.

It was his re-enactment of Christ's walk with the cross to his crucifixion and he hopes it will raise greater awareness of Easter among local people.

It is the sixth consecutive year the Church of Christ member has celebrated Easter in his own special way.

At the same time as the nation's religious leaders such as Cardinal George Pell were praising the selfless

work of volunteers and condemning the continuing trade in human lives, Mr Van De Leur's message was simpler.

"Too many people these days are forgetting what Easter really is about or what it actually means," Mr Van De Leur said. "A lot of children just don't have any idea, and I'm out there really just trying to click people's memories.

"If children do see me, then they'll ask their parents what it's all about.

"To me that's the most positive thing that can come from all of this."

The walk took Mr Van De Leur just over an hour as a strong tail wind helped him and his loyal band of 10 followers along the four-kilometre route down Minjungbal Drive.

Mr Van De Leur said he first took on the role of Jesus after making the crucifix from old bits of scrap wood he had lying around his house.

He regards Easter as the most important time of the year.

"Many people just look at Easter as a good break from work, and that's a shame.

"There's a lot more to it than just a holiday and Easter eggs.

"It really has got a lot of meaning and it's a time of celebration for everyone in Australia and around the world."



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