|SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
Our festival has an enormous spirit, and since the festival was established the Committee has proudly supported the community in a variety of programs and projects. From the creative arts and music to health and sporting activities, and 2020 is no different. Port Fairy is an extraordinary town with extraordinary people whose contributions go far beyond the township’s boundaries. From an all abilities splash pad for Macarthur Swimming Pool, to supporting a Community Learning Mural in Hawkesdale and the Koroit Irish Music to Port Fairy Winter Weekends, the festival is about community as well as brilliant music.
As reported in the Warrnambool Standard, the folk festival recently announced its grants for 2019, “with groups from across the Moyne Shire sharing in the bounty”.
Groups funded included the Port Fairy Tennis Club ($10,000), South West Equitation Club ($372.50), Macarthur Swimming Pool ($5,000), Commonwealth Sheepdog Trials ($1,000), Hawkesdale P12 College ($1,000), Port Fairy Football Netball Club Fun Run ($2,000), Belfast Aquatics ($5.000) and Koroit Irish Festival $2,300).
“The Festival is a wonderful event, and what makes it all the more worthwhile is that we can support a good variety of projects across the district. Every person who purchases a ticket to the festival not only gets to be a part of our magnificent event, but also contributes to outstanding community and educational programs which have long term positive impacts,” said Bernie Waixel, Vice President & Treasurer, Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee.
In addition to the grants round, the Committee also donated $50,000 to the Port Fairy Golf Club Club House extension. “Members of the Golf Club are strong supporters of the festival and contribute 1000’s of volunteer hours, and the Committee was delighted to acknowledge their contributions by supporting the upgrades to their Club House,” said Mr Waixel.
In the past the Festival has contributed $750,000 to Port Fairy Hospital, $80,000 to the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club and supported a vast range of community based initiatives throughout the district. The Grants program is an annual fund which is available to community groups and organisations throughout the Moyne Shire.