Community Christmas carols need cash

UNCERTAINTY over the funding for this year’s Christmas carols at New Norfolk has prompted the organisers to seek corporate and community support. Lions Club of New Norfolk president Kerry Kievit said Derwent Valley Council funding for the carols would not be confirmed until later this month.

The club has been told the current council budget does not contain a specific allocation for the nearly 40-year-old event and a funding request will be put to councillors at the October meeting. But even with the council’s support the Lions Club will still need to raise about $3500 in additional funding for the event, which costs about $12,000 to put on.

“At this stage we cannot confirm that the council will be able to assist us,” Mrs Kievit said. “So we are looking for community and corporate partners. We have been presenting the carols for more than 35 years and money is getting harder to raise.

“The corporates are always saying that they are all about the community but we don’t see much evidence they are actually doing that. “So we hope they will jump on board with the Christmas carols. They can’t just leave it to the Lions.”

The issue of council funding was raised at last month’s Derwent Valley Council meeting by Cr Matt Hill. Mayor Michelle Dracoulis said she did not know whether a request had been received, and she would look into this.

Anyone in a position to help cover some of the costs of the Carols in the Park, to be held on December 9, can contact Kerry Kievit on 0409 792 007.

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