Festival thrown life ring of donations
THE Gladstone community threw the Harbour Festival a life ring yesterday by getting behind 4CC's effort to raise money.
Gladstone Festivals and Events general manager Judy Whicker said the committee was feeling more confident about next year's festival with about $45,000 raised so far.
"We're at the point now where we're starting to work on next year's festival. We're just waiting on what council's says tomorrow, whether they will give us the $15,000 or even a bit more,'' Ms Whicker said.
"We're so thankful especially to the smaller businesses. It was really lovely to see the support.''
Kelly Howard from 4CC's breakfast show said they had raised more than $25,000 during the show and donations were still being accepted no matter how small.
"A little girl, Jade Jackson, came in and gave away all the money in her money box which was $5,'' Ms Howard said.
"It was an opportunity for the community to support it and they did. There was a fantastic response.''
The breakfast show also auctioned off an air-conditioner for $1700, that Coralsea Refrigeration donated.
Other major donators included Gladstone Nissan, Andersons Auto City and Graham McBean, Peter Corones and George Creed joined 'the thousand dollar club'.
4CC also had a breakfast barbecue, morning tea and lunch supplied by Coles, Brumby's and Eagle Boys.
The donations have come from three main sources: $25,000 came from 4CC's effort, $15,000 from the Central Queensland Ports Authority and $4000 from the campaign by 4CC-Hot FM and The Observer.