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