Mildura Weekly : Friday August 15 Vol 8 No 41
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014 THE recent Balloons Over Mildura Night Glow has helped raise more than $21,000 for the 97.9 Sun FM’s 2014 Give Me 5 For Kids cam- paign. Held on Sunday, July 6, at Henshilwood Oval, the Night Glow was the first event of its kind held in Mildura in more than a decade. Organised by Kerry Frankel, the night was a huge success with thousands turning out to see more than 30 hot air balloons ‘light up’ the night sky. In just three hours a staggering $21,661 was raised from admission fees and profits made from glow sticks and hot chips sold on the night. Funds raised will be donated to the Mil- dura Base Hospital children’s ward, and will be used to purchase vital equipment that will allow children to remain in the region for treatment rather than travel to Melbourne or Adelaide. 97.9 Sun FM general manager, Alan Bur- rows, said he was proud of the community’s efforts. “The Balloons Over Mildura Night Glow exceeded all expectations,” he said. “I would like to thank Rachel McDowall, Cheree Jukes and Ros Roberts from the Mil- dura Base Hospital for co-ordinating the event, and ensuring the night went smoothly.” More information is available by visiting giveme- 5forkids.com.au. THE Australian Inland Bo- tanic Gardens will host what is arguably the biggest event in its history on September 27/28 when the ‘Tour the World Festival’ will showcase the gardens and acknowledge the region’s many cultures. The brainchild of AIBG co-ordinator Brian Cuddy, the idea is to open the gar- dens up to the wider public, and encourage residents of all interests and backgrounds to attend and enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival. “The original idea was to host a multicultural festival, but Mildura Council beat me to it,” Brian said. “Our aim with this event is to bring the region’s differ- ent cultures together, provide an opportunity to tour and learn more about the gar- dens, and have the chance to have input into future pro- grams. “One of our goals at the gardens is to represent the re- gion in the best way possible, so having input from various cultures is vital in meeting that goal. “Say we wanted to estab- lish a garden bed, or section of the gardens, with an Ital- ian theme, we would want input from the Italian com- munity to make sure we’re doing it right.” Numerous activities and attractions will be on offer throughout the two-day festi- val, including an orchid dis- play and sale, floral art dis- play, a lolly hunt, metal art, music, a scarecrow display, gate prizes, pony rides, jump- ing castles, a sausage sizzle and tractor train tours, with the main event to be the run- ning of a floral carpet compe- tition. Entrants will be provided with one square metre of space to design their ‘floral carpet,’ and can utilise any items found in nature. “Sticks, branches, grass, flowers – anything that can be found in nature is accept- able,” Brian said. “The goal is to create a work of art using nature. “It can be based on any- thing, with entrants having until September 15 to register. “Spaces will be designat- ed to entrants here at the gar- dens, and they will be able to work on their entries when- ever they choose. “We potentially have two judges for the floral carpet competition – Tom Fagan and Eric Sutton – who both have years of experience in landscape and floral design. “The scarecrow display has also been opened up to a number of schools, with quite a few entries already coming in. “We’re expecting a few colourful scarecrows to show up, with each one to repre- sent a different culture or na- tionality. “The Mildura Brass Band will also be performing, with the tractor train tours to showcase all aspects of the gardens.” Brian said another high- light of the event would occur on Saturday, September 27, with the AIBG’s ‘rose garden’ to light up in the evening. “We’re going to be host- ing a twilight tour of the gar- dens, which should be visu- ally stunning once it’s all lit up,” he said. Brian said the group was also encouraging young ‘buskers’ and musicians to showcase their talents throughout the weekend. “I think the weekend would be a great opportu- nity for young musicians to perform for those passing through,” Brian said. AIBG’s Tour the World Festival will run from 8.30am to 9pm on Saturday, Septem- ber 27, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, September 28, with entry $5 – free for those un- der 16. More information is available by contacting AIBG on 5023 3612. AIBG to light up in September Balloon ‘glow’ raises $21,000 for Give Me 5 Numerous activities and attractions will be on offer throughout the two-day festival, including an orchid display and sale, floral art display, a lolly hunt, metal art, music...and a floral carpet competition. • The upcoming festival is the brainchild of AIBG co- ordinator Brian Cuddy. Terms and Conditions: 1. Entries open Friday the 15th of August 2014 and close 5pm Friday the 26th of September 2014. 2. 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