Community’s big heart
Fundraiser brings in $30,000 for 4 Kids Bright Future
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.