July 20, 2022
The organising committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the “Evening With The Captains” which had been scheduled to be held at Kingaroy Town Hall on August 6.
This will be the third year in a row that the night – a major fundraiser for the South Burnett’s Relay For Life campaign – has been cancelled.
The 2021 dinner was cancelled on the morning of the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, a devastating blow to organisers.
And the pandemic is to blame for this year’s cancellation, too.
“With coronavirus spreading throughout Queensland, there were just too many risks involved for the committee to proceed with confidence,” a committee spokesperson said on Wednesday night.
“Advice is now for people to avoid large indoor events and it is predicted that this current wave of the virus is only going to get more severe with a peak coming in early August.
“Whilst raising money for the fight against cancer is the aim of all that Relay For Life does, the safety of the people of the South Burnett is paramount and we don’t want our night to be an event that compromises that safety.
“We want to particularly thank Bendigo Bank, our new major sponsor, for coming on board with such wonderful support and regret that we can’t showcase that support on August 6.
“We also thank all our other sponsors and supporters who have missed out the last two years, and now again.
“Hopefully by next year, the world has changed and is somewhat back to normal.
“All tickets purchased so far will be fully refunded.”
The event was to feature special guests Allan “Alfie” Langer, local bowls hero Kelvin Kerkow and one of Australia’s leading comedy entertainers, Paul Martell.