Com­mu­nity’s big heart

Fundraiser brings in $30,000 for 4 Kids Bright Fu­ture

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THE Bright com­mu­nity heeded the call for sup­port for last Sun­day’s Christ­mas in July fundraiser, and helped raise around $30,000 for the 4 Kids Bright Fu­ture fund.

With ticket sales slow to take off, or­gan­is­ers were wor­ried the event may fiz­zle out, how­ever 4 Kids Bright Fu­ture com­mit­tee mem­ber, Ja­son Reid said the tide changed on Thurs­day.

“On Tues­day we were ex- tremely con­cerned about not hav­ing enough num­bers and then by Thurs­day we were con­cerned about fit­ting every­one in,” he said.

“It seems as though there is a fundraiser on ev­ery week­end in town, but some­how this amaz­ing com­mu­nity digs deep, stands up and punches well above its weight.

“Al­though we don’t have a fi­nal fig­ure as yet, it looks as though we’ve raised about $ 30,000 which will be put di­rectly into the 4 Kids Fu­ture Fund when it’s up and run­ning in a few weeks.”

Mr Reid said the amount of gen­eros­ity was over­whelm­ing, from do­na­tions to peo­ple giv­ing their time, and it was heart­warm­ing for Ora Holt’s sis­ters to be able to see the ef­fort that went into Sun­day’s event.

“Both Brenna and Com­fort and their part­ners made the trip up for the event and they were touched by the ef­fort of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The money that’s been raised here will go di­rectly to help­ing Ora’s chil­dren.”

The event was held at the Bright Brew­ery and Mr Reid said a num­ber of staff do­nated their time to the fundraiser.

“The level of kind­ness peo­ple show is amaz­ing. “I’d like to thank the staff from the brew­ery who do­nated their time, Meg Chal­well who spent five hours paint­ing kid’s faces, the Bright Brew­ery for their gen­eros­ity and of course Hay­ley Martin who or­gan­ised the whole event,” he said.

“We had some amaz­ing do­na­tions in­clud­ing a 35th an­niver­sary gui­tar signed by Lee Ker­naghan, a do­na­tion from the Wan­garatta Turf Club as well as Pretty Val­ley Lodge who do­nated a great prize.

“We would like to thank each and every­one of you who ei­ther do­nated a prize, your time, or sim­ply just bought a ticket, be­cause with­out you all it wouldn’t have been the day that it was and the tally wouldn’t have been as high as it is.”

CATCH­ING UP: Jodie Ger­maine (left) and Kylie Wick­ham were pleased to see the event sell out.

GREAT DAY OUT: Wayne Hol­low and Vicky New­comb sup­ported the event.

GOOD CAUSE: (from left) Greg Budd, Don Nightin­gale and An­drew Bam­ford had a great time sup­port­ing the wor­thy cause.

TOP JOB: Or­gan­iser Hay­ley Martin and Bright Brew­ery’s Char­lie Casey were thrilled with the event.

WELL OR­GAN­ISED: (left) Julie Blood with com­mit­tee mem­ber Ja­son Reid, hoped she had the win­ning bal­loon pop num­ber.

END­LESS FUN: The jump­ing cas­tle was a mas­sive hit dur­ing the fundraiser.

SHOW OF SUP­PORT: (left) Ja­nis Mad­den and Shan­non Alexan­der had a great time on Sun­day.

ALL SMILES: Peter Ri­cardi and Gill Jones en­joyed the day.

EN­TER­TAINER: David Quirk was on hand to en­ter­tain the crowd.

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