Geraldton put on a weekend to remember this weekend, with the Triple J One Night Stand and the Geraldton Cup being outstanding successes.
Nationals WA Member for Parliament Paul Brown MP said, “It was such a great weekend. The Geraldton community really pulled it together, creating such a wonderful, inviting atmosphere for the thousands of people who flocked to Geraldton for the weekend.”
The Triple J One Night Stand attracted over 11,000 people and raised $20,000 for Head Space through gold coin donation on the day.
“I helped collect for Head Space at the One Night Stand and was astounded by people’s generosity. Not only were gold coins being happily donated, but also plenty of notes, with some very kind people throwing in $50 notes.” Mr Brown said.
The Triple J One Night Stand allowed a number of Not for Profits who provided food and drink for the event to raise much needed monies for their organisations and clubs. The influx of people into the City also provided a much needed economic boost for local business. Many local businesses and organisations held events in the CBD on the Friday night, and local service organisations provided their services at the tent cities and in many other ways throughout the weekend.
“The vibe at Wonthella oval was amazing, the crowd well behaved and the music sensational. The City of Greater Geraldton staff are to be commended for their great organisation of such an iconic event for the City, and the Geraldton community for throwing their support behind this event so enthusiastically. It really did put Geraldton in the national spotlight for the weekend.” Mr Brown said.
The weekend was beautifully finished off with the Geraldton Turf Club hosting the Geraldton Cup on Sunday. The Geraldton Turf Club held an auction to fundraise for Kobi Rumble. Kobi was born with fibula hemimelia where his left fibula, ankle and foot bones aren’t developed and tragically, Kobi’s young mother Chloe Rumble passed away in November in a road accident. The Geraldton community is fundraising to help Kobi travel to the Paley Institute in Florida USA for treatment. An auction was held with a framed Fred Kersley Racing Group silks belonging to Western Australian racehorse legend Northerley going for $5,000 to a local identity and Paul Brown MP being the successful bidder of $2000 for a signed Fred Kersley racing group cap.
“I am deeply touched by Kobi’s story and I hope my contribution will help Kobi get the treatment he needs.” Mr Brown said.