Festive fun brings relief after cyclone
CHRISTMAS has come early for the victims of Cyclone Debbie still struggling to get their lives on track.
More than 150 people including tour operators, locals and visitors to the Whitsundays attended a Christmas in July fundraiser at the Sea Breeze Tourist Park on Friday night.
Jenny Borellini headlined the entertainment along with the band Island Rhythm.
A number of prizes were donated, raffled and auctioned off, with all funds raised to be directed to Cyclone Debbie victims.
Sea Breeze Tourist Park owner Teena Webb said they would double the amount raised on the night.
“A lot of people didn’t want to buy a raffle ticket, so they just donated money instead,” she said.
“Some people redonated the prizes as they weren’t staying the next day, so we auctioned them and raised some more money.
“There was a general feeling of support from people to make sure we are okay.”
The money will initially be distributed to Cannonvale State School and Whitsunday Counselling and Support. Ms Webb said she knew it would be directed to the right people through these organisations.
“I talked to the principal of Cannonvale State School and she said a lot of kids go to school without food and can’t go to camp or have no uniforms,” she said.
“There are a lot of people struggling and it’s good to help out people struggling with food.”
The Christmas in July fundraiser is an annual event which has raised money for various causes over the years.
The amount raised is still being counted.
FESTIVE FUN: Jenny Borellini headlined the entertainment at the Sea Breeze Tourist Park’s Christmas in July fundraiser on Friday.