Charity river float on Australia Day
A group of locals are aiming to start a new annual Australia Day tradition, with the inaugural Big Deni Float.
Organisers John Creenaune, Telysa Towler and Karen Martin said they came up with the idea after realising that other than official council ceremonies, there is no Australia Day event in the local area.
They said the opportunity to host an event, and to benefit charity at the same time, was too hard to pass up.
‘‘All the funds that are donated or earned from the event will be donated to Deniliquin Rescue Squad (VRA),’’ Mr Creenaune said.
‘‘It will be a great social day, just a bit of fun for the community,’’ Ms Towler added.
Deniliquin Rescue Squad Captain Chris Holloway said he was pleased the group had chosen to support the organisation.
‘‘The Deniliquin Rescue Squad is a not for profit group that relies heavily on community donations,’’ he said.
‘‘We always encourage people to donate so we are able to start some of the projects that we are looking at doing, which would ultimately benefit the community in a time of need.’’
The float will start at Willoughby’s Beach in the Deniliquin Regional Park behind Deniliquin’s Memorial Park at on Australia Day. It will finish when the convoy of floaters arrive at McLean Beach.
There will be prizes for the ‘best float’ and ‘best dressed’, and there will also be some off-water competitions on the beach with some more great prizes up for grabs.
Other activities are likely to include some running races and competitions for different age groups. Organisers encourage sporting and community groups to form teams.
A sausage sizzle and refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to Deniliquin VRA.
‘‘Next year we aim to make it bigger and better,’’ Ms Towler said.
Organising committee members are seeking support for the event in the way of donations, sponsors, prizes and volunteers for the day.
To be involved, phone Mr Creenaune on 0408 136 453 or Ms Towler on 0421 665 511.
Float organisers (back, from left) Telysa Towler, John Creenaune and Karen Martin with (front) Sophie and Keia Towler.