GYMPIE’S GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL
Gold Rush, Gympie’s Festival is always looking at innovative ways to secure funding to produce the annual festival. The cost of the festival is met through donations, raffles, fund-raising, grants and, now its business arm.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to bolster our coffers in order to put on the best festival for the community”, Gold Rush President Jan Collins, said.
“Funds for community events like ours are scarce. We have established a business arm of Gold Rush to help other associations on a fee-for-service basis, where we offer book-keeping services, resume writing, production of small posters and meeting room hire”.
“Our other business venture is our events ticketing system – Gympie Tick”.
“With our extended office space and ease of access and our office situated in a prominent area of the CBD, Gympie Tick will offer a professional ticketing outlet for organisations holding events throughout the year, a ticket selling service in a one-stop shop”.
As the vendor of your ticket sales, Gold Rush would charge 5% commission of total ticket sales. With community volunteers becoming harder to find for all organisations, our service would make the ticket selling task hassle free by reconciling money and tickets for events. Our booking agency aims to eliminate the stress in any way possible for organising community events.
The other exciting announcement is that our organisation has taken over the “Broadband for Seniors” Kiosk from the Gympie Senior Citizens Club.
This is a free service for all seniors over 55 years to learn computer skills. Due to a lack of tutors willing to give of their time and knowledge to teach seniors, the Senior Citizens Club found it difficult to continue on with this kiosk. The Centre is happy that “Broadband for Seniors” is going to a new home, which has access for wheel chairs and plenty of parking for seniors in the area.
“Gold Rush is proud of this latest contract. It will keep us in touch with the community and gives seniors the opportunity to become proficient with the wonders that modern computers can now bring”. Mrs Collins said.
For further information on any of Gold Rush services call into the Gold Rush office in the James Nash Arcade, 173 Mary Street, Gympie. Email: goldrushfestivalgmailcom (goldrushfestivalgmailcom) or telephone on 07 5481 2775.
The Gold Rush Festival:
This year, our big day will be Saturday, 18 October. This will be a day full of fun and activities. All events will be held at Nelson Reserve. Commencing at 11am with the Car and Bike Show (this event was introduced in 2013 and was a clear winner). It will also be the second year of the Rickshaw Racing Championships professionally planned and managed on the day and the return of the popular Great Chefs Challenge. Gold Rush has listened to the complaints about people and floats sitting in the hot sun and the Parade will commence an hour later than in the past years, starting at 4pm. The parade will finish in Nelson Reserve, where the family party and fun continues, culminating in a huge laser light show and techno dancing as the finale.
Gold Rush also got the message of what the public want, so along with food vendors’ sites, we will also have lots of market stall sites, selling a wide range of products with live entertainment and bands all day. This will all happen with the best sound systems we can hire as well as providing something for everyone on the day.
Our message to the Gympie Regional Council is that the Gold Rush Festival is about celebrating Gympie’s past and the Gympie of today. So please, in order to provide Gympie with all this excitement, please no construction to take place in the Reserve this October. The last three years digging up the park has mucked the Festival concept around enough. With just a bit of consideration, a lot of help from our members and volunteers, we will go out on a limb and say Festival 2014 will be the best ever.
The Gold Rush Festival in 2014 runs from 12 to 18 October.