Show pride in our red-headed res­i­dents

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLOSET - —

RED­HEADS and cop­per­tops of Aus­tralia, it’s time to unite in cel­e­bra­tion be­cause the Gin­ger Pride Rally is back for a sec­ond year. Fol­low­ing the huge suc­cess of last year’s fiery con­ven­tion, in which more than 1000 red­heads and gingers united at Mel­bourne’s Fed­er­a­tion Square, Bud­erim Gin­ger plans to paint the town red once again on April 29.

The rally will start at 11am and reg­is­tra­tion will open at 9.30am. Any­one is wel­come to march the streets of Mel­bourne to cel­e­brate and sup­port our red­head and gin­ger mates.

There will be free gin­ger beer pro­vided on the day, vig­or­ous games of Gin­ger Beer Pong, a kids’ gin­ger ac­tiv­ity zone and plenty of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing per­for­mances from Mel­bourne band The Vanns and pop artist Luize Scott.

And if you’re sin­gle and ready to min­gle, Sin­gle Events Mel­bourne will play cop­per­top Cupid with rounds of Gin­ger Speed Dat­ing.

“We were blown away by the in­cred­i­ble turnout to the 2016 Gin­ger Pride Rally, and are so ex­cited to con­tinue this new tra­di­tion and pro­vide a day of much-needed recog­ni­tion for Aus­tralia’s gingers,” Bud­erim Gin­ger chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Roger Mas­ters said.

“This year will be even gin­gerier than last, with a range of new ad­di­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery at­tendee to en­joy,” Mr Mas­ters said.

And al­though this day is a cel­e­bra­tion, the Gin­ger Pride Rally also aims to high­light the rise of “gin­gerism” – prej­u­dice or dis­crim­i­na­tion against peo­ple with red hair.

Half of funds raised at the rally will be do­nated to The Alan­nah and Made­line Foun­da­tion, which ad­vo­cates for the safety of chil­dren and works to re­duce bul­ly­ing.

The fes­ti­val will also be sup­ported again by The Red and Nearly Gin­ger Association (R.A.N.G.A).

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, go to theg­in­ger­­ger-pride-rally.

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