Harry Mimi marching in the Rockhampton ANZAC Parade. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Harry Mimi marching in the Rockhampton ANZAC Parade. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Hundreds post messages of support for colourful character

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Hundreds of people have posted messages of support for well-known Rockhampton Vietnam veteran Harry Mimi after news he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The Bulletin broke the news just after 6pm last night with over 400 comments posted on The Bulletin's Facebook post, over 1,000 shares and 950 likes.

A couple of readers have suggested the community does something to honour Harry.

Leigh Close posted: Maybe the bulletin should start a fun raiser and return some goodwill to a man that put a smile on so many faces around the city.

Philip A Lawrie posted:  Dear Mr or Mrs editor of The morning bulletin. How about we all band together for this fine upstanding Vietnam veteran and help Harry. I'm not sure if or what service centre he was part of, however as a former service personnel I am going to attempt to organise a support system for Harry through my local RSL and if possible team it up with the gayndah RSL sub branch. If possible I will attempt to contact mayor of rockhampton Margret Strelow and see if there's anything as a city we can achieve for Harry.

Here are the suggestions so far:

'Christmas Cards for Harry'? It's his favourite time of the year and he says merry Christmas to everyone throughout the whole year. Everyone could write him a Christmas card with their favourite memories and kind words.

Harry Mimi Colourful Hat Day - a date is picked, everyone in the community wears a colourful hat on that day and funds could be raised to support Vietnam Veterans


TUESDAY NIGHT: IN THE hour since The Morning Bulletin posted a story about Harry Mimi's terminal cancer diagnosis, the community has written hundreds of messages supporting the colourful Rockhampton identity.   

Elaine Hans: I am so sorry to hear this ... I loved seeing him and his colourful presence around town ... You will be sadly missed Harry ... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  

Janelle Edwards: This is such sad news to hear, will miss seeing you Harry and your colourful outfits around town. Saw you playing the footy and stuffed toy vending machines at Allenstown square trying your luck and when u had a win u passed on to the closest child. Keep Strong Harry myself and the Rocky people will be praying for you x.  

Karon Gleadhill: Sad news. My children and I will miss seeing you around town. Enjoy your time in Gayndah.  

Kelly Thompson: So sorry to hear the sad news - You will be missed by everyone in Rocky and surrounding areas Harry - Thinking of You and the Family and sending strength and prayers xxxxxx.  

Cyn Dell: Been missing his beautiful face around stocklands the last few weeks. Always popping in for a visit! Thanks for you kindness and your service to our country.   

GrahamSandi Lentell: Oh no! You would see Harri and would always smile and say hi no matter who you are...rocky will be a sad place without you. Wish you all the best and enjoy your time with your family making memories ox  

Stephanie Seeds: God bless you Harry, you're such a kind-hearted, colourful and happy gentleman. I will miss seeing you dressed up in your finest gear, while at the shops or having your cuppa at the cafes. Stay strong and cherish this time with your family. xox  

Brendan Atfield: Thank you for your service to our country Harry Mimi, I know you'll also take on your next battle with the same dignity.  

Lisa Clarke: This is devastating news. It always brightened up my day to see him walking through Rockhampton. There's no one else like him.  

Sad news today as respected Rockhampton Vietnam veteran Harry Mimi says the city won't be seeing him, or his hats around...

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Tuesday, 1 December 2015

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