The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has renewed calls for potential Young Ambassadors and sponsors to come forward as the August 31 deadline for candidates approaches.
With only four Young Ambassadors confirmed so far, the festival faces a funding shortfall unless more entrants and sponsors can be found.
“Fundraising by the Young Ambassadors has always been a major source of funds for the festival,” Festival president Greg Thouard said.
“With costs for every facet of the festival rising and increasing competition for sponsorships and grants, the role of the Young Ambassadors and their committees is more important than ever.
“Our four Young Ambassador entrants are already working hard to raise money for the 2018 festival and to promote the event.
“But with little more than six months to go until the 2018 festival, we face the prospect of cutting elements of the program unless we can find more entrants and sponsors.”
Festival committee members canvassed the community, businesses and local industry groups extensively in recent months to encourage them to support a Young Ambassador.
Mr Thouard said the response has so far been disappointing.
Unfortunately, some potential Young Ambassadors were unable to nominate because no sponsor could be found.
“The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is not only a major community event, but also an important contributor to the local economy, not only for businesses but also for not-for-profit groups which benefit from fundraising opportunities during the ten-day event,” Mr Thouard said.
“Our committee of volunteers is working hard to maintain the standard of the festival and ensure its long-term financial future, so that everyone can continue to benefit, but we need the support of the wider community.
“One of the ways you can support the festival is to sponsor a Young Ambassador.”
Young Ambassador Director Natasha Gosney, a former Young Ambassador, said the committee understands that young people have many demands on their time, including study, jobs, and family and personal interests.
“However, being a Young Ambassador for the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is a rewarding and memorable experience,” Ms Gosney said.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of event that brings our community together like no other and to demonstrate our pride in our district.
“Young Ambassadors also have the opportunity to learn about event management and fundraising, improve their confidence and learn valuable skills such as public speaking and personal presentation.
“You’ll make new friends among the Young Ambassadors and have a lot of fun planning and hosting fundraising events.”
The Young Ambassador program is open to men and women aged between 18 and 35.
The Festival Ambassador and Fundraising Ambassador will each receive a travel prize.
Young Ambassadors will receive fundraising incentives and a clothing allowance.
Entries for the Young Ambassador program close on August 31. If you are interested in becoming a Young Ambassador or sponsoring a Young Ambassador, please contact Natasha Gosney on firstname.lastname@example.org , the festival secretary on email@example.com or phone 4681 4111.
The 2018 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival will be held from February 23 to March 4.
The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Committee is grateful for the support of our major partners: Channel 7, Heritage Bank, Southern Downs Regional Council, Southern Queensland Country, Tourism Events Queensland, The Breeze, Rebel FM and the Stanthorpe Border Post.