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Local Support makes Community Festivals a Possibility

The Wanakafest Community Trust relies on several key sources in order to make Labour Weekend’s Willowridge Wanakafest a possibility. Two of the biggest areas of support which we would be lost without are Sponsors and Volunteers, and it often happens that both of these areas are driven by the same people.

Calder Stewart Roofingsmiths are a new sponsor for the festival this year, and not only have they come on board as the sponsor of the Street Parade, they have offered to supply the festival with the 25 volunteers required to marshal the event. And where would a local roofing company find these volunteers, you might ask? Well, not a problem if you are Saul & Rachel Dale - rope in the family! There is a family wedding on at Labour Weekend for the Dales, so they have kindly volunteered all their house guests!

BASE is a familiar name in the Wanaka Community, and since they first opened their doors in 1999, Brent Harridge and Chris Walsh have poured thousands and thousands of their hard earned dollars back into the Wanaka Community through sponsorship, charitable donations and events.

The BASE Freeride Team has been giving local groms a foot in the door for 12 years, with at least 5 of the current team looking towards the Olympics and Paralympics.The infamous BASE party ran for 10 years, bringing huge names from the NZ music industry to our little town and have helped numerous other musical and sporting events. It’s not just about fun either – they also help with police community awareness campaigns against domestic violence.

BASE have been a supporter of our festival since the start and are sponsoring the Main Stage at this year’s event, helping us to bring performers like Anna Coddington to Wanaka to play for free, as well as showing the Passion for Fashion Show.

And on top of all the financial support, Brent “Brentski” Harridge is also a trustee on the boards of both the Wanakafest Community Trust and the Wanaka Springs Trust. Trustee roles are unpaid but even after endless meetings and extra work, he has still volunteered himself – and his Dad – to help out over Labour Weekend this year.

If you would like to be involved with Willowridge Wanakafest 2012, we are looking for a crew of awesome volunteers to help out with all sorts or different jobs during the festival 18-21 October 2012 (and in the run up), whether you have 4hrs or 4 days free WE WANT YOU! – email or call or text Iona on 021 234 3736.

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