Fes­ti­val ups vol­ume

Brighter Days gives $400k to sup­port chil­dren’s char­i­ties

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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