PHOTOS: Raft Up party raises over $500, bigger next year
IT STARTED as a group of mates joining their love for the water and a good time.
Now the Raft Up Party held at the Boyne River mouth is an event that attracts residents as far as Agnes Water to enjoy a fun day out on the river, with floats, rafts, canoes and beers.
On Saturday residents turned up at the mouth to deploy their rafts to drift down the river at 12.30, using ropes to keep the rafts close together.
Organiser Chris Faux said not only was it a great social event, but it was for a good cause.
"We asked people for a donation upon entry and ended up raising $526 for the RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter, so it couldn't have gone better."
"The weather and sporting events held on Saturday may have stopped some people from coming, so it wasn't as big as last year, but next year is going to be big."
The organisers already have some big ideas for next year, keeping it a fundraiser but including a dress up theme.
"One of my mates is even looking at buying this $700 pirate ship raft, it has two levels."
"We are already pretty keen for it and next year we will have more people involved and more people come on board with fundraising and attending the event."
The idea began when Mr Faux and a group of mates were floating down the river and a light bulb dinged.
"I remember one of the boys thinking, you know this could be a big event if we had it open to everyone," he said.
"And now, it's obvious that there's an interest out there for these types of events, a bit of fun while meeting new people and no harm done."
Raft Up party goer Jamie Quinn said after the first party he was 'instantly in love'.
"Better than any Christmas or anything, and there was an awesome crowd of really chilled out people who were just there for a ripper good time," he said.
"I think it is important for any community to have this kind of events because it figuratively and literally bring everyone together with the same goal - having a pearler of a time.
Mr Quinn said the best part of the day was setting up and waiting to put the rafts in the water.
"It was an awesome pumped up feeling, and I'll definitely be going again next year" he said.
"The boys did an awesome job organising it and it's great to see it going towards a good charity."
The Raft Up party is open to all, stay tuned to find out when the next one is.