- Friday 07 November 2008
Community groups are celebrating the success of the second Caloundra Music Festival after raising more than $15,000 over the weekend.
Lifesavers from Dicky Beach and Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Lifesaving clubs raised funds by raffling a guitar and a surfboard signed by artists such as Pete Murray, Vanessa Amorosi and The Whitlams.
The lucky winners were Georgia Dixon and festival volunteer Angie Brooks.
Other groups raised valuable funds by running food stalls and tin collections during the three days of the October festival.
The prize guitar donated by Mooloolaba Music and surfboard donated by Beachbeat became highly sought-after collector’s items, as they were emblazoned with the festival logo and the signatures of top musicians.
Festival Director Richie Eyles said the festival "village" was a great success this year with a range of free activities and entertainment featuring local schools and community ensembles.
He said it was a great opportunity for local school kids and emerging artists to play on the same bill as Australia's biggest names.
"The success of this festival is due not only to the big names, but the great location and the fact we are appealing to families," Mr Eyles said.
Mayor Bob Abbot was impressed with the level of community involvement.
"The volunteers, the future leaders who ran the festival village, and all the schools and community groups who participated made this an event that the community can be very proud of,” Cr Abbot said.
“The organisers did a fantastic job creating such a wonderful festival for the Sunshine Coast.
"All the accommodation in the area was sold out with millions of dollars injected into the local economy, which means the future of this event is looking sound.”