Party on

Trio step in to save Christ­mas

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

Three big-hearted busi­nesses have stepped in with gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial do­na­tions to en­sure the Chi­na­town Christ­mas Party will go ahead this year.

The pop­u­lar event was thrown into doubt in Au­gust when main or­gan­iser the Broome Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try an­nounced it was pulling out this year be­cause it was a drain on its re­sources. But fes­tive spirit has pre­vailed. The Roe­buck Bay Ho­tel has saved the day, closely fol­lowed by oil and gas com­pany IN­PEX and Foot­print Clean­ing.

The three have pledged a to­tal of $14,000 in ad­di­tion to $6000 al­ready raised by the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

The flood of sup­port has con­vinced the BCCI to manage pro­ceed­ings again.

The party will take place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, from 5pm8pm and in­clude a gift mar­ket and carols by can­dle­light on Carnar­von Street.

The Roe­buck Bay Ho­tel carpark will spring to life with a Christ­mas party, and a live na­tiv­ity scene, and Male Oval across the road will be­come a fes­tive won­der­land for chil­dren.

Entertainment will be pro­vided by lo­cal school choirs and per­form­ers, with a spe­cial visit from Santa Claus to spread the yule­tide cheer to the young­sters.

BCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Jael Nap­per said the cham­ber had been over­whelmed by busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity want­ing to do the right thing.

“Broome is a warm place at the best of times, but the warm fuzzy feel­ing that you get see­ing such gen­eros­ity from the busi­ness com­mu­nity is worth all of our time and en­ergy to de­liver this event again this year,” she said.

Roe­buck Bay Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager Ste­wart Burchell said the pub was glad to be able to help con­tinue the “much-loved tra­di­tion”. Foot­print Clean­ing codi­rec­tor Taryn Ryan said the fam­ily busi­ness recog­nised how im­por­tant the event was for the com­mu­nity.

Act­ing Shire of Broome pres­i­dent Harold Tracey said the coun­cil would pro­vide in-kind sup­port to help cover run­ning costs, with the Chi­na­town Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project pro­vid­ing street entertainment and light­ing.

Mr Tracey said the CRP latenight trad­ing trial for 2017 had also been timed to co­in­cide with the Christ­mas party that would add ex­tra re­sources “to make this a truly mem­o­rable event”.

Fes­tive boabs set the scene for last year’s Chi­na­town Christ­mas Party.

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