Community-Building

School Laptops

School Laptops

Hamilton Island State School had a very special assembly recently, during which 17 new laptops and 6 iPads were presented to the students. Almost all were the direct result of our wonderful community, with contributions from P&C fundraising plus 10 residents making individual donations of laptops. Since that assembly in June, two more iPads and [...]

Hamilton Island Kidz Ball 2012

Hamilton Island Kidz Ball 2012

Last weekend saw the social event of the year on Hamilton Island: the Kidz Ball! Now in its 12th year, the Kidz Ball is a joint fundraiser between the Island Kindy and Hamilton Island State School, raising upwards of $30,000 for various projects. For the school, the goal for 2012 is a new playground, for [...]

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day

My first ANZAC Day on Hamilton Island was lovely – a beautiful service and a beautiful sunrise in a beautiful location. The Dawn Service was attended by several hundred people, staff, residents and guests, at the Outrigger Function Centre overlooking Catseye Bay. As dawn started to break over the Whitsundays, the Catafalque Party from RAAF Base [...]

CQ Rescue Sportsmans Dinner

CQ Rescue Sportsmans Dinner

Hamilton Island has excellent medical facilities that many towns around Australia would be glad to have. And in situations where further care is required, CQ Rescue  undertakes air evacuations from Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island to Mackay Base Hospital. CQ Rescue covers Central Queensland including the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. CQ [...]

Sunrise Paddling

Sunrise Paddling

Had the absolute pleasure to go paddling this morning in one of the Hamilton Island Outrigger Canoe Club six-man canoes with a crew of five island staff. The official sunrise was at ten-to-six we were on the water 15 min ahead of that. It was just lovely. There was a red glow on the horizon [...]

Merry Christmas from Hamilton Island

Merry Christmas from Hamilton Island

Merry Christmas from Hamilton Island! It is a beautiful sunny day, with a bit of cloud and a light breeze. We enjoyed a fantastic Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve where there were many friends and families from all over the island, residents and guests. There are families all over the island having brunches and [...]

Christmas Beach Art

Christmas Beach Art

  After joining the island community at the Christmas Carols we took a walk along Catseye Beach at sunset. It was a great way to work off our early Christmas dinner and the temperature was perfect. A few other families had the same idea, and some beach artists left us some of their work to [...]

From Hamilton Island, To Zimbabwe, With Love

From Hamilton Island, To Zimbabwe, With Love

I first met Pam Harrison during one of our visits to the Hamilton Island Medical Centre where she is a nurse. While we tended to scrapes and grazes we got chatting about some projects that we had been involved with recently – mine with a school library rebuilding project in the Cook Islands and Pam [...]

Books From Birth

Books From Birth

During another conversation with Pam from the Hamilton Island Medical Centre I mentioned that I was in the process of clearing out the Hamilton Island State School library of titles that were no longer needed due to a recent donation of books. At this point Pam asked if I believed in serendipity and I smiled. [...]

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