Carnival saved for next year thanks to helpers
KENILWORTH Carnival has been saved for another year thanks to keen volunteers stepping up to ward off any more threats to the event’s future.
But new members are still needed to come on board to ensure dwindling numbers do not threaten the popular event again.
The carnival came under threat this summer when a lack of volunteers made them dangerously close to having to call the day off. But thanks to last minute support they were able to put on “one of the most successful days yet” raising a whopping £4,400 just in the penny throw.
Organiser and committee member, Anne Brough, said despite a good turnout at their last committee meeting meaning they are able to go ahead with this year’s show, they still desperately need new members to bring fresh ideas and help secure its future. And she said with the help of a regular sponsor they would be safe for good.
She said: “It is a huge relief that we had a good turnout at the last meeting. It means we are definitely holding the carnival next year - in fact planning has already started so that is really positive news. But we still really need people to join up and help out so we can stay secure. It is not a desperate situation, we just need a few more bodies to come on board and help.”
The committee is hoping for a big sponsor to keep them financially secure and ensure the carnival’s future and mean all money raised can go to charities rather than back into organisation.
The committee will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday October 9 from 7.30pm in Jubilee House where interested helpers are urged to come along. The committee is looking for a programme organiser to help put the brochure together, a secretary and general helpers to raise cash, help count pennies and sell raffle tickets next summer.
They will also decide which charities are to benefit from the £4,400 raised at the penny throwing and bucket collection on the day.
Anne said it was a “fantastic amount” and that they are looking at around four, but that these will be confirmed next month. We raised so much money just from the penny throwing. It is fantastic and we have a few worthy causes we hope to help this year,” she said.
Organisers are already planning for next year and the date has been set for choosing a carnival queen on February 15. Anyone interested in joining the team can contact Anne on 777103 or attend the AGM to make their interest known. Committee members meet once a month and Friends of the Carnival are needed to help out nearer the event with fund-raising and money-counting jobs.
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