Kerrie Marshall is getting ready for the Hervey Bay Arts Council garage sale.
Kerrie Marshall is getting ready for the Hervey Bay Arts Council garage sale. Alistair Brightman

Help fundraise for arts council

STILL paying off debt from last year, the Hervey Bay Arts Council is pleading with Fraser Coast residents to help it fundraise.

Every year the arts council has a garage sale so it can hold youth projects and festivals promoting the arts.

“We have to fundraise for all our money,” arts council president Kerrie Marshall said.

“We’re still in debt from last year.

“It’s really hard, especially at the moment, because a lot of people don’t place value on the arts as they do things like sport. If we don’t bring the arts out into the public people don’t appreciate them. The more we’re out there the more people will appreciate.”

Getting out there though costs money – money the council does not have.

So members are calling on all of us to donate anything that we no longer use or want to the garage sale on Saturday, March 6.

The sale will be held at the old Seagulls building, above Bay Connect, on Bideford Street, Torquay. Items need to be handed in by Friday.

Ms Marshall said the money from the sale would go toward a number of large projects for the year, including one developing the music skills of youth.

The program would run over six months, Ms Marshall said, and would culminate in a youth talent quest in September and the youth Christmas concert. The participants would perform in their field, whether that was singing or guitar, for example.

“It would give them the opportunity to perform with live music rather than backing tapes; it would give them live performance skills.”

Other programs for 2010 include the Easter festival at Scarness park in April and the jazz, blues and folk day festival at Pier Park in June.

If you have items for the garage sale you can drop them off at Bay Connect between 9am and 3pm or on Friday, March 5 all day. Otherwise, you can phone Ms Marshall on 4125 1867 to make arrangements.

To learn more about the arts council visit www.herveybayartscouncil.com.au.



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