New record for Zanda

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

MONEY MAN: Fundraiser of the Year Zanda Ayl­ward on his float.

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