The theme for this year’s Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve party is Shine and no doubt organisers will be hoping for more sun than they were blessed with at Fruitopia Fairday yesterday (August 26).
The change in the weather resulted in somewhat fewer attendees than usual and saw the popular dog show moved indoors at the last minute, curtailing the competition.
One special canine entrant was ‘Mind Dog’ Zoe. Her owner Ellie (pictured with friends June and Johanna) says Zoe helps her deal with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. That makes her an outright winner in our book.
Entrants in the cake show were also down but the quality was high, with cake judge ‘Miss Mel’ pronouncing each of the luscious entries a winner.
P-FLAG co-ordinator Gordon Balfour-Haynes said he was pleased at the number of younger kids at the event, many of them there with their parents.
‘We were able to connect with around 100 young people,’ he said, adding it was good to see many local Lismore families ‘dropping in to see what it was all about’.
From elder mentors to youth activists, the Australian initiative Wear It Purple Day sent ambassadors Brock (pictured right) and Damien up from Sydney to promote next Friday’s event.
Brock told Echonetdaily, ‘Wear it Purple Day started in 2010 by two Sydney school students after numerous reports of LGBTIQ teens committing suicide’.
‘Since then it’s taken off and it’s really exciting to see the amount of support out there.
‘A lot of schools are getting involved and creating Queer Straight Alliance groups – and how they use Wear It Purple Day to help support the LGBTIQ students is amazing.
‘We read and hear so often of what it means to them when people wear purple in support.’
Wear It Purple Day is this Friday, August 31.