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AbelFest 2023: A Day of Friendship, Fun, and Fundraising for a Cause

AbelFest, an annual event organized in honour of Abel Noakes, has once again captured the hearts of its attendees in 2023.

As the sun beat down on a scorching Saturday, Claire Noakes and Abel’s friends embarked on a memorable 5k walk, marking the beginning of a day filled with fun, laughter, and heartfelt connections. This year’s AbelFest, held at the Rockhouse, exceeded expectations, leaving everyone with cherished memories and a renewed sense of purpose.

The day commenced with a 5k walk that saw Abel’s friends coming together to support a cause close to their hearts. The blazing sun did little to deter their enthusiasm, as they traversed the route that was both challenging and symbolic. The walk not only served as a gesture of solidarity but also as a means to raise awareness for the cause championed by AbelFest.

Upon their return to the Rockhouse, participants and attendees were greeted by the heartwarming sight of a family fun day in full swing. The event featured a delightful BBQ, a cake that seemed to have no end, and a photobooth, which captured countless joyful moments. Face painting and an array of games added to the festive atmosphere, creating an ambiance filled with smiles and laughter.

One of the key highlights of AbelFest 2023 was the overwhelming support from the community. It was evident that this event had become more than just a gathering; it was a testament to the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit. Families, friends, and even strangers united under the banner of AbelFest, reinforcing the importance of the cause they were supporting.

At its heart, AbelFest is more than just a day of festivities; it’s a vital charity fundraiser for the Abel Foundation. This annual event plays a pivotal role in generating the necessary funds to support the foundation’s mission and initiatives. The Abel Foundation, established with a deep commitment to making a meaningful impact, focuses on causes that resonate with the spirit of friendship, community, and raising awareness.

AbelFest serves as the primary vehicle through which the foundation can channel its resources and mobilize the community to contribute to these important causes. The success of AbelFest 2023 not only brought joy and togetherness but also bolstered the Abel Foundation’s ability to drive positive change, ensuring that the impact of Abel’s legacy continues to grow

Claire Noakes, the driving force behind AbelFest, expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed to the event’s success. She stated, “Another fantastic AbelFest for 2023 we started the day with a 5k walk involving Abels friends on a very hot Saturday, starting and ending up back at the Rockhouse for the family fun day. We had a BBQ, Cake to go around, photobooth fun, Face Painting , games along with lots of Smiles and laughter. It was a great day with lots of support and raising awareness“.

AbelFest 2023 was a resounding success, proving once again that when friends come together for a cause, remarkable things can happen. The 5k walk, the family fun day, the smiles, and laughter all contributed to a memorable event. Most importantly, AbelFest 2023 achieved its goal of raising awareness and fostering a sense of unity within the community. As the sun set on this scorching Saturday, it left behind a lasting warmth that will continue to inspire and drive positive change in the days and years to come.