21 May 2024

Weipa prepares to kick up heels for vital kindy fundraiser

| Lyndon Keane
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Penny Johnson, Alana Kilpatrick and Rose Robins kick up their heels at last year’s Music by the Sea fundraiser, which returns to Rocky Point on 25 May. Photo: Supplied.

A diamond, barrel smoker and premium cowhide bag are just a few of the raffle prizes attendees at will be trying to win when they frock up to fundraise for the Weipa Community Kindergarten on Saturday night.

C&K Kindy will host its major annual fundraiser, Wine by the Sea (WBTS), on 25 May, as the who’s who of Weipa dress and dance to impress as they embrace this year’s theme of Music Through the Eras.

Rocky Point’s Kumrumja Centre will come alive with the sounds of the 1920s to today for the popular event, with Weipa Community Kindergarten committee vice-president Caitlyn Moore admitting it had sold out within 24 hours.

“We had a huge response and sold out all our tickets for the actual event within 24 hours,” she told Cape York Weekly.

“We have a phenomenal raffle that will be drawn on the night, thanks to some amazing local businesses who continually support our community.

“Winners do not need to be present, so people can still be involved by purchasing tickets for their chance to win a great prize.”

With more than $5,000 in prizes on offer in the raffle, a stunning sunset, and live acoustic musician scheduled to take to the stage before DJ Scotty Burzerk has attendees burning up the dancefloor, Ms Moore said the format of the annual fundraiser was what made it so popular with the community.

Attendees will converge on the Kumrumja Centre this Saturday night as Weipa’s C&K Kindy hosts its major fundraiser for the year, Music by the Sea, which will have people on their feet dancing to songs from the 1920s to today. Photo: Supplied.

“WBTS is definitely a highlight on Weipa’s social calendar, being essentially the only event where you can get your good clothes out or get creative with your costume skills,” she explained.

“There is always a lot of anticipation around what the theme will be, and choosing a theme is the hardest part of planning the event, especially on the back of the amazing Colours of Cape York last year.

“We’ve had some great feedback for this year’s Music Through the Eras, though, and we’re really excited to see everyone’s outfits and to see our vision come to life on the night.”

While the event was traditionally used to fund facility and equipment upgrades, Ms Moore said skyrocketing operational costs meant the not-for-profit organisation would now use the fundraising effort to simply keep the doors open for its families.

“We’re still working really hard towards achieving upgrades and improvements, however, the reality is that our priority is to be able to offer Weipa’s little people and families a great kindergarten service, and WBTS helps us with that.”

To buy your raffle tickets to support C&K Kindy, visit www.rafflelink.com.au/2024wbts or click the below QR code.

Simply scan this QR code to be taken to the website to buy tickets in the Weipa Community Kindergarten’s annual Wine by the Sea raffle. Photo: Supplied.

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