Rams’ successful carnival honourned on Australia Day
THE HEART and soul of Cunnamulla can be found in the dedicated volunteers who make junior football possible for all of the local kids.
The Under 10s Zone 5 Carnival was an event which brought huge benefits not only to the football club, but to the entire town of Cunnamulla, and the Rams' enormous efforts have been recognised with an Australia Day award for Event of the Year.
In 2019, the merry band of volunteers pulled off a truly impressive feat in holding the carnival for all the junior clubs in southern Queensland, and at its completion, was touted as one of the best events of the year in the football community.
"It was very humbling actually, to win this as a club, and we are all very excited," Cunnamulla Rams JRLFC president John Mills said.
"This goes back to all the volunteers who helped us out throughout the carnival, the town itself, the businesses who really got behind us, and made it such a great week."
As well as being a massive boost for the business houses in town, Mills said the carnival was a chance to show the rest of the region what makes Cunnamulla such a great place to play footy - a tradition that goes back generations.
"We make sure there are these opportunities for the kids, because this is also something that was done for me when I was a young kid," Mills said.
"I just loved playing footy, and all of the things that were done for us back in the old days.
"We need to keep these sort of things happening in the bush, and I am happy to put in a bit of time, because you get the reward out of the kids just saying they are having so much fun playing together and just being friends."
Cunnamulla Rams sign-on day is on Saturday from 4pm at the Billabong Hotel.