The South Burnett Show Society (SBSS) has an unusual money-making opportunity for community groups … but they’ll need to be quick to take advantage of it.
The annual Kingaroy Show will be held on May 4-5, and the Society needs 15 people to man four gates at Kingaroy Showgrounds during Show weekend.
SBSS committee spokesman Tim De Caluwe said the gates are normally manned by local service clubs to raise funds for their own community projects.
But this year – partly through being over-committed, and partly due to an ageing membership – many of the Show’s normal ticket-sellers are unavailable.
“We sympathise with the problems our helpers are facing this year, but every cloud has a silver lining,” Tim said.
“And the silver lining is that this throws open the opportunity for other South Burnett community groups who need to do some fund-raising to step in.
“It could be they need the money for a project, like new nets for their goal-posts. Or it could be that they want to raise money for a good cause, like Relay for Life.
“We don’t mind. If they need to raise money for the community and are looking for an easy way to do it, I’d like them to give me a call.”
Tim said the Show Society was very flexible, and was happy to let smaller groups get together and combine their efforts.
“For example, a school P&C might arrange to handle one of our gates on Saturday, and a sporting club who play fixtures on Saturday might team with them to look after the same gate on Sunday.”
Tim said the Show Society would also be happy for any South Burnett group to apply, and they didn’t necessarily need to be based in Kingaroy.
“It doesn’t matter if a group comes from Blackbutt, Proston, Murgon or any town in between – we’re not parochial about it.”
The Show Society need their gates manned from 6:00am to 8:00pm on both Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5.
“We recommend a minimum of two to three people on each gate throughout the day, and possibly more during busier times,” Tim said.
“The Show Society provides a donation to the community groups who help us out after the show in appreciation of their efforts.”
Community groups who’d like to express interest in the offer should phone Tim on 0411-386-743 or send him an email