APEX's New Year's Eve event last year drew just under 1000 people to the Dalby Showgrounds.
APEX's New Year's Eve event last year drew just under 1000 people to the Dalby Showgrounds. Contributed

Help needed for APEX NYE event

POPULAR New Year's Eve event run by the Dalby APEX club will not be running this year.

While the party draws plenty of interest, with just shy of 1000 guests attending last year, the event will not be taking place due to lack of funding and volunteers.

Live music, rides and fireworks are characteristic of the 2017 event, with children having unlimited access to rides for $10.

APEX Club of Dalby spokesperson Emma Filer-Cottee said a lack of regular help prevented the event from running annually and that the event had always run bi-annually.

"All of us (in APEX) want to better our community and most of us have kids.”

"The main reason it can't run this year is money. It costs us $30k to put on, and that's including in-kind donations,” she said.

Ms Filer-Cottee said the club personally contributed $10,000 toward the event.

"That's through our raffles and donation tins from our various events.”

Ms Filer-Cottee said the event received support in the form of discounts and donations but that it wasn't enough for the event to run every year.

"Without having regular supporters who put their hands up and say 'every year, I want to sponsor the rides' or 'every year, I want to sponsor the fireworks', without having that regular contribution from our community, we've got to start again every time,” she said.

She said in addition to the cost, the event took a lot of time and effort to organise and clean up.

"We're all working full-time and there's only a couple of us left doing it,

"We can set up really well but the clean up stage takes days and days. But we do it with big smiles on our faces because it's fun,” she said.

Last year, the event took place at the Dalby Showgrounds and was sponsored by Heritage Insurance Brokers, the Criterion Hotel, DDE Entertainment and many others.


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