Northfest 2017: volunteers needed for biennial Horsham event

HORSHAM’S Dudley Cornell Park will transform from a sporting hub to a festival-style venue for a biennial community event in November.

Northfest Family Fun Day on November 11 aims to connect families and provide a range of recreational opportunities, while promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

Northfest committee members Jesse Hinch, Launa Schilling, Sandra Bamkin, Janine Harfield, Eddie Nsanzimana and Jodie Mathews promote the event on November 11. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Northfest committee members Jesse Hinch, Launa Schilling, Sandra Bamkin, Janine Harfield, Eddie Nsanzimana and Jodie Mathews promote the event on November 11. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

The day will include live bands and music, free showbags and rides, market and food stalls, giveaways and prizes, sports and games, and a mobile petting zoo.

Entry is free.

Volunteers co-ordinator Launa Schilling said organisers needed a team of about 50 volunteers to help on the day.

“We've gained funding from council grants, a Horsham Sports and Community Club grant, and most of our partners have put in funding as well,” she said.

“We’ve also had support from businesses, and donations for prizes from 20 to 30 businesses in Horsham, which is fantastic.

“But we need to seek out more volunteers. We have about 15 or so, but we need a lot more.

“We have approached community service organisations throughout the Horsham area to help.

“We need people to set up and pack up, to work as gate stewards and traffic stewards, and to run the activity tents.

“People will get a briefing on the day, and will probably work in one and a half to two-hour shifts.”

Northfest started in 2009, and has attracted up to 1200 people in the past.

Ms Schilling said a committee of about 13 people had been working hard to make this year’s event the best one yet.

“Northfest is about connecting communities and creating a fun environment for people,” she said.

“We are really lucky to have some great partners, including police, Wimmera Health Care Group, Nexus, Grampians Community Health, the Salvation Army, Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative, Uniting Wimmera, and Wimmera Regional Library Corporation.

“We also have some new partners this year in headspace, the YMCA, Centre for Participation, and Barengi Gadjin Land Council.

“John and Sandra Bamkin are community members on our committee. We are always looking for more people to join.”

Ms Schilling said anyone interested in volunteering could call her on 5362 1200.

“We are hoping to get names by Monday,” she said.

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