Char­ity river float on Aus­tralia Day

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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