Busking Festival donates for school music

Narooma Rotary wrapped up the 2018 Busking Festival with a ‘thank you’ night at Narooma Golf Club last Thursday for sponsors and volunteers as well as $3,500 in donations to six local schools.

‘The Busking Festival in May was a huge success with the town buzzing from the Flat to the Plaza, but it would not have been possible if Rotary did not have the support of the many sponsors (both of prizes and hots spots) and all the wonderful volunteers from our community,’ said Busking Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle.

Outgoing Narooma Rotary President Bob Aston added his thanks to those who helped on the day, as well the Club’s appreciation to Sandra and her ‘Dream Team’ for their initiative and hard work in staging the Festival.

Mrs Doyle presented cheques to Narooma High School ($1,000) and each of the five primary schools in Narooma Rotary’s catchment ($500 each), proceeds from the busker hot spots and busker votes topped up by Narooma Rotary.

‘These donations are for each school to purchase more musical instruments to encourage students to further their musical experience,’ Mrs Doyle said.

A special display by Narooma Camera Club of candid shots of some of the buskers created added interest on the night.

The Busking Festival was hosted by Narooma Rotary Club, partnered with the River of Art, and was part of the Australian National Busking Championships.

It featured 55 busking acts of over 200 people from an area from Ballarat to Newcastle, and Gundagai and Canberra, performing at 35 busker hot spots around Narooma.

Above: Busking Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle presented Narooma High Acting Principal Andrew Thomas with a $1,000 cheque for the school to purchase musical instruments.

Above: Busking Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle presented music teacher Juanita Low with cheques for Bodalla and Tilba Public Schools to purchase musical instruments. Narooma, Bermagui and Cobargo schools also received donations.

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