Help needed for APEX NYE

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

MUCH to the dis­ap­point­ment of Dalby fam­i­lies, the pop­u­lar New Year’s Eve event that brings fire­works to the show­grounds did not run in 2018.

While the party draws plenty of in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity, with just shy of 1000 guests at­tend­ing in 2017, the event is cur­rently only able to run ev­ery sec­ond year due to lack of fund­ing and vol­un­teers.

APEX Club of Dalby spokes­woman Emma Filer-Cot­tee said a lack of reg­u­lar help pre­vented the event from run­ning an­nu­ally and the event had al­ways run bi­en­ni­ally.

“The main rea­son it can’t run this year is money. It costs us $30k to put on, and that’s in­clud­ing in-kind do­na­tions,” she said.

Ms Filer-Cot­tee said the club it­self con­trib­uted $10,000 to­wards the event.

“That’s through our raf­fles and do­na­tion tins from our var­i­ous events.”

Ms Filer-Cot­tee said the event re­ceived sup­port in the form of dis­counts and do­na­tions, but it wasn’t enough for the cel­e­bra­tion to run ev­ery year.

“Without hav­ing reg­u­lar sup­port­ers who put their hands up and say ‘ev­ery year I want to spon­sor the rides’ or ‘ev­ery year I want to spon­sor the fire­works’, without hav­ing that reg­u­lar con­tri­bu­tion from our com­mu­nity, we’ve got to start again ev­ery time.”

She said in ad­di­tion to the cost, the event took a lot of time and ef­fort to or­gan­ise and clean up.

“We’re all work­ing full time and there’s only a cou­ple of us left do­ing it.

“The clean-up stage takes days and days,” she said.

Live mu­sic, rides and fire­works are char­ac­ter­is­tic of past events, with chil­dren hav­ing un­lim­ited ac­cess to rides for $10.

The 2017 event took place at Dalby Show­grounds and was spon­sored by Her­itage In­surance Bro­kers, the Cri­te­rion Ho­tel, DDE En­ter­tain­ment and many oth­ers.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POP­U­LAR EVENT: APEX’s New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion in 2017 drew al­most 1000 peo­ple to the Dalby Show­grounds.

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