The Christmas Carols and Markets saw Christmas come alive at Multicap’s Eight Mile Plains campus on Saturday 2 December.
The annual event continues to draw a strong crowd, with hundreds sharing in the festive cheer as the countdown to Christmas gets underway.
The day began with a Welcome to Country performed by Russell Dawson from Wajji-Walu Dreaming, while Multicap Chief Clinical and Practice Officer Simon Wardale emceed the festivities.
Co-Chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan working group Jenni Garrard then kicked off the entertainment, bringing Christmas to the stage with her renditions of festive favourites.
Multicap’s very own Music Therapy and Centre of Creative Arts (COCA) performers also dazzled the audience, singing and dancing to popular Christmas melodies.
The day also featured acts from Vibe Dance Studio, Mr Fye the Magician, Redlands Rhapsody Chorus, Jess Holbrok and Michael Bublé impersonator Greg Joseph.
Away from the stage, the petting zoo proved popular for people of all ages, and free activities like face painting and cookie decorating kept the little ones busy.
Guests could also browse gourmet food vendors and market stalls, or try their luck on a raffle ticket for a chance at more than 20 prizes.
Of course, the Christmas Carols and Markets wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the big man in red himself, and the excitement was palpable ahead of the arrival of Santa and his elf.
Group Chief Executive Officer Joanne Jessop said the annual event reflects Multicap’s commitment to the community and dedication to enhancing the quality of life of people with disability and their families.
“The Christmas Carols and Markets is a wonderful opportunity for the people we support to experience festive fun in a familiar and accessible environment,” said Joanne.
“We are passionate about this event and its ability to help people develop new connections within our community.”
The success of the Multicap Christmas Carols and Markets wouldn’t be possible without the support of its major sponsors and generosity of its raffle prize donors.
Multicap would like to thank the major sponsors of the event: Brisbane City Council, Black and White Cabs and Ray White Eight Mile Plains, as well as the local businesses who donated a raffle prize: The Glen Hotel, Australia Post Eight Mile Plains LPO, Woolworths Warrigal, Coles Upper Mount Gravatt, Warrigal Road Chempro, The Espresso Hut, GPG Dental, Cosmopolitan Hair, Fish 218, Event Cinemas Mount Gravatt, BWS Warrigal and Camp Oven Bakery.