NYE fire­works fire up again

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

PORT Dou­glas will now have a sec­ond New Year’s Eve fire­works dis­play af­ter a Her­culean fundrais­ing ef­fort by Cham­ber of Com­merce com­mit­tee mem­ber and Salsa co-owner Rhys Baw­den this week.

Ow­ing to the tough year, busi­nesses have strug­gled to come up with money they would nor­mally do­nate each year to the fire­works dis­play and even with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil kick­ing in $3000 and the cham­ber’s con­tri­bu­tion it was still not enough to have a sec­ond show.

But af­ter learn­ing the ear­lier fire­works dis­play had to be scrapped be­cause of a lack of funds, Mr Baw­den made it his mis­sion to get the New Year un­der­way with a bang.

The lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity re­sponded whole­heart­edly, with vir­tu­ally all the ma­jor re­sorts and restau­rants chip­ping in to raise an ex­tra $4000 and make the sec­ond dis­play a re­al­ity.

Mr Baw­den said his ap­proach was sim­ple, he just jumped on the phone and told busi­nesses “you’ve just got to give what you can”.

“It’s been a tough year for most busi­nesses and money is tight, but I told them all that we just had to have the money to make sure the fire­works hap­pened es­pe­cially for the kids,” Mr Baw­den said.

“Be­fore I went away on leave we had raised $8000 al­to­gether but now with the ex­tra $4,000 tak­ing the to­tal to $12,000 we will now be able to have the two fire­works shows as first planned which will be great for the town and for the kids be­cause they’re the main rea­son we all band to­gether and do this.”

The first fire­works dis­play for the kids in Mar­ket Park will start at 8.30pm and the sec­ond show at mid­night for the adults.

To see the full list of busi­nesses which do­nated to the cause, see page 33 of to­day’s Gazette.

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