New record for Zanda
IT IS believed that Zanda Aylward has broken a Moura Coal and Country Festival record for the most money raised.
In the space of three and a half months Zanda managed to raise a staggering $25,810.95.
The amount was more than half of the money raised for the festival. The four entrants raised a combined $43,669.25.
Zanda never imagined he would be able to raise that amount of money and said he was more than surprised when he found out.
“I was shocked to start,” he said.
“It was a lot of emotions when I found out it was a record.
“Even when I found out it was $25,000.
“I was shocked, my hands were shaky, I was happy.
“It was a rollercoaster of emotions.”
Zanda hosted a variety of events including bake sales, social bowls, barbecues auctions and raffles, raffles and raffles.
“I did a lot of raffles which definitely helped raise the money,” he said.
From the get go, Zanda continually had events going and he said this was integral.
“I think for me the consistency of everything helped, I consistently had raffles and odd events along the way,” he said.
“Without consistency, there is no success.”
Zanda was well-supported by the local community and he said he couldn’t have done the work on his own.
“My mum and her best friend were the driving force, without them it wouldn’t have been possible,” he said.
Eighteen-year-old Zanda was born and bred in Moura and loves the local community and lifestyle.
Zanda is involved in some social and sporting groups including the Moura Fish Stocking Group and works at the local Post Office.
Zanda has been coming to the Coal and Country Festival ever since he can remember.
“I remember looking forward to the festival with family and friends,” he said.
“And just enjoying the festival as a kid.”
A favourite attraction for Zanda has been sideshow alley.
“Sideshow alley has definitely drained my bank account over the years,” he said.
Describing himself as more of a shy person, Zanda said the festival journey made him come out of his shell.
“It really helped me grow as a person,” he said.
MONEY MAN: Fundraiser of the Year Zanda Aylward on his float.