With a successful relaunch after a long hiatus in 2021, the volunteer members of the Rotary Club of Beenleigh were thrilled with the overall outcome and community support in the return of the Cane Parade & Gala Ball Events.

Over $16,000 was raised across the two events in October 2021, and in conjunction with fellow community service clubs Quota Beenleigh and Soroptimist International Beenleigh saw the creation of Sugar Sweet Stories, youth literacy project for a historical picture book based on our area, for the children of our area.

After much consultation with stakeholders, and the local Cane Farming industry – the Rotary Club of Beenleigh came to the realisation that holding these events in October, mid-cane harvest season, was not sustainable for supporting the greatest purpose of the event – bringing our community together to celebrate first and foremost our heritage, along with our current community spirit and our future. As such a decision was made and supported by key stakeholders to move the events across two weekends in May.

𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐱𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐲, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐲. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥.

With this in mind from holding the event in October 2021, and with the amazing generosity of the community in our Sponsors, it was decided that trying to run the event in May 2022 and asking for more sponsorship dollars in the same financial year was unfeasible, however in saying this, the Beenleigh Cane Gala Ball and official launch of the first Sugar Sweet Stories book will be happening on October 15th 2022 at the Beenleigh Events Centre.

These events are entirely organised, and run by a group of dedicated volunteers, and the Rotary Club of Beenleigh would like to thank each and every volunteer who gives their time and energy into bringing this event forward for our community to enjoy.

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For any further event or media enquiries, please contact rotarybeenleigh@gmail.com

Without sponsors and community support, events like this would not be possible.
With great thanks to the local businesses and organisations who support this event.