Festival ups volume
Brighter Days gives $400k to support children’s charities
BRIGHTER Days has once again topped the previous year’s fundraising effort by donating $400,000 to charity.
On Sunday $150,000 was presented to both the Cooper Trewin Memorial SUDC Research Fund and DEBRA Australia, along with $90,000 to the EB Research Foundation to support efforts to find a cure for Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood and Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Last year’s tally was $300,000 with donations of $120,000 and $60,000 respectively.
This year the Four Kids and Carers Future Foundation was also given $10,000 to support the children of Ora Holt who was tragically killed on Anzac Day in 2017.
Brighter Days vice president Jason Reid said another huge fundraising effort has now seen more than $1.6million contributed to charity in just six years.
“The Bright community and supporters of the event need to take a bow because without them it just wouldn’t happen,” he said.
“The first Brighter Days event in 2013 raised about $32,000 for our two chosen children’s charities so to now be donating close to half a million dollars is just incredible.
“Ultimately we would love in our time, for one of the charities to find a cure so we’re going to strive to give more each year and hope we can achieve that with a little tinkering and clever marketing.”
Mr Reid said planning for next year’s edition was already under way with the committee holding talks about extending the event from three days.
“We have to continue to evolve and whether that’s making the event longer by adding a day at the front and a day at the back, they’re things we’re discussing,” he said.
“We’re mindful of the fact the event can’t grow each day by too much more because there is no accommodation left in town and there’s not that many more people that can fit into Howitt Park.
“It’s something we have spoken about over the past couple of years so we’re trying to come up with other activities people can do if they want to come earlier or after the weekend.”
One suggested addition included a golf pro-am while Mr Reid said the committee was happy to hear from community members on any ideas they might have.