ANZAC DAY 2021 DAWN SERVICE CANCELLATION
Press release 29 March 2021
Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club regrettably announce the cancellation of this year’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service on Mooloolaba Beach.
“This has been an extremely tough decision for us as a club to make and one we have not taken lightly. Traditionally we have around 10,000 people attend ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Mooloolaba Beach. We want to ensure the utmost safety for the public, veterans and especially those that are particularly vulnerable in these times. The local community and our veteran population’s safety is our major priority,” said Darryl Johnson, MSLSC President.
Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club worked closely with the Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland Health, and Maroochydore RSL to try to hold the event, but in the interest of public safety, have had to make this hard decision. ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Mooloolaba Beach will unfortunately not go ahead this year.
“We understand the health and safety of our locals and visitors are paramount. Even with the best planning and preparation for such a large major gathering of our community, we cannot guarantee social distancing and all COVID restrictions that are required for those who were to attend. So it is with a heavy heart that we have decided not to go ahead with this year’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service.”
“The Surf Club, Mooloolaba will be putting together a public memorial, with more information to follow. We would like to encourage all members of the public to join the RSL in the ‘Light Up the Dawn’ service as a safe alternative. This is a unique and poignant way to unite safely and honour and thank our nation’s veterans on Sunday 25 April 2021,” concluded said Darryl Johnson, MSLSC President.
Maroochydore RSL will still be holding its dawn service at Cotton Tree Cenotaph and a Parade on the morning of the 25 April. Although there will be restricted numbers. Please contact Maroochydore RSL directly for more information.
Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club veterans/ex-servicemen and women members will be invited to a small, private dawn service at The Surf Club function room. This will be an invite-only ceremony followed by breakfast. All attendees will be adhering to strict COVID social distancing and sign-in guidelines.
The Surf Club, Mooloolaba Restaurant will open to the general public at noon, and the bar will open at 1 pm. We look forward to welcoming members and guests to the restaurant, bar and upstairs Bayview Bites.