The Cathedral School community will unite together to hold a unique event to raise much needed funds for drought stricken farmers titled “Unite this Night – Fight for Farmers”. The event taking place on Friday evening at Jezzine Barracks will see the school community participate in a 5km twilight run or walk dressed in bright neon colours and glow in the dark items to light up the night.
With the idea stemming from a Humanities tour to Singapore earlier in the year, the group came across a neon night run and thought it would be a great fundraising concept for our Western Queensland Drought Relief Appeal. The school has been raising money for drought relief all year and to date just over $6,000 has been raised.
Event organisers and senior teachers Jillian Turner and Cameron Triffett said they were inspired by a desire to help Western families doing it tough with the ongoing severe weather conditions.
“We want to do something meaningful for our farmers as we've both worked in boarding and know a lot of the families from out west. To be able to fundraise and have some fun with a neon night run seems like a great combination,” Ms Turner said.
Generous donations from the local community have made the event possible including donations from Coles Supermarkets, The Coffee Club, Northern Suburbs Lions Club, @tmosphere Mobile Disco and Latin Vibrations Zumba, just to name a few.
“These are difficult financial times, and we have been mindful of this during the set up for the event. For a first time event, we've been surprised and excited by the registration numbers. We feel confident that next year could be bigger and better. We've also had amazing support from the staff - there are so many who are helping out on the night!” Ms Turner said.
‘Unite this Night – Fight for Farmers’ is already living up to its name. “The positive response we've had from staff, parents and the students just goes to show how united we are, trying to help our farmers. Every time we mention the event to businesses, they want to know how they can join in or help out - it's been a gratifying experience,” Ms Turner added.
The Unite this Night – Fight for Farmers event will take place this Friday 25 July from 5.30pm at Jezzine Barracks, The Strand and conclude at 9pm with the runners and walkers to take the course from 6.10pm.
Last minute registrations will be open online until 5pm Thursday 24 July and on the day of the event from 5pm at Jezzine Barracks. Click here to register online.