Fes­tive fun brings re­lief af­ter cy­clone

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FES­TIVE FUN: Jenny Borellini head­lined the en­ter­tain­ment at the Sea Breeze Tourist Park’s Christ­mas in July fundraiser on Fri­day.

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