Raising $11,776 at very rousing show

By Riverine Herald

MORE than $11,000 was raised at Echuca’s gala fundraising night last month.

The event, held in collaboration with The Kyabram Gift, the Otis Foundation and Dillmac Entertainment, attracted 110 people who enjoyed a night of fantastic food, fundraising initiatives and fabulous entertainment by 22 performers.

‘‘It was nice and cosy and so amazing and we raised $11,776.45 in the process,’’ Dillmac director and The Gift chair Liz Dillon said.

‘‘Kath Nye (raising money for the Otis Foundation) and her team are only short of $170 to reach their target, Mia Clydesdale has now raised about $7000 for her head shave for The Gift and, along with the chocolate sales, the Dillmac students have raised $4600 for their show.’’

The show is Godspell and the cast of 24 children — aged between 11 and 15 — have been rehearsing for months to bring the musical to life next month.

‘‘Each cast member has been chosen carefully from across three levels of performing arts classes so they are from Echuca-Moama, Kyabram, Girgarre, Merrigum and Shepparton,’’ Liz said.

‘‘The kids are truly amazing and their vocals and choreography are brilliant.

‘‘The main objective has been for the students in performance level to learn the on-stage and off-stage roles when being involved in a show. So the directors, producers, choreographers and front of house will all have mentors.

‘‘This is a show they are doing as part of their class and learning for the year. But of course they still need to raise more funds to cover all the expenses and are hoping to do this now through ticket sales and sponsorship.

‘‘We only have 320 tickets available for the show and with about 140 already sold, we hope to sell out.’’

Godspell will be at St Mary’s parish hall, Anstruther St, Echuca, on May 15 and 17.

If you want to sponsor the show or for ticket information, email lizdillon@dillmac.com