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Thousands flock to huge carols event

December 23, 2022BY Adam Carswell Bendigo Times

Elfing around: Santa’s helpers were on hand to make sure the evening was a big hit. Photos: STEVE WOMERSLEY

THE organisers of this year’s Rotary Bendigo Carols by Candlelight are basking in the glow of its biggest turnout ever, with up to six-thousand people descending on Rosalind Park for the massive gathering last Sunday night. “The weather was kind to us, which brought in a huge number of visitors,” said Rotary Club of Bendigo president Peter Reading. “Rotary were very pleased on this being such a huge event supported by the Bendigo community. “As darkness fell, looking out over the audience, candles, Santa hats and lighted headwear made the event a real family occasion.” Mr Reading also took the opportunity to thank local businesses who supported the event. “Without their contribution Rotary would not be able to finance the carols,” he said. “These guys make it possible.” Those sponsors included Bendigo Bank, WIN TV, Bendigo Hire, 105.1 Life FM, Veolia/Suez, the Wilkinson Family, City of Greater Bendigo, Signarama, SMACS Performing Arts Group, and Bendigo Theatre Company.

One of the highlights of the evening saw long-time compère Bruce Roberts presented with a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the highest awards bestowed by Rotary, in recognition of his support for the local Carols for more than 20 years.

Profits left over from the gold coin entry fee are set to go towards building a new children’s rehabilitation playground at Bendigo Hospital and part of Bendigo Health’s annual Christmas Appeal.

Rotary Bendigo’s next major event will be its annual Easter Art Show at the Bendigo Town Hall, which has for many years attracted artists from throughout Victoria and interstate.

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