- NAME: Karly Rozyn
- CHALLENGE: ChildFund Australia Dublin Marathon
- DEPARTS: October 2012
- TRAINING LOCATION: Townsville, QLD
- FUNDRAISING EVENT: Céilidh (traditional Gaelic dance)
In October 2012, Karly will be doing up her laces and pounding the streets of Ireland in the Dublin Marathon. In the lead up to the marathon, Karly is not only training hard, but she is hard at work fundraising. Her efforts will support ChildFund’s work with children in East Timor.
Here’s Karly’s write-up about her Townsville Céilidh to raise funds for ChildFund Australia.
Our Ceilidh was held at the Riverside Gardens Community Centre, a beautiful venue with balconies overlooking the river. We were able to hire the hall for a much reduced cost, because it was a fundraising event. I have a large number of Scottish ex-pats working with me at the moment, and they were keen to hold a Ceilidh to remind them of home. We decided to use the idea to raise money for ChildFund Australia. People were encouraged to get their kilts out and really get the Scottish folk dance feel; we decorated the hall with tartan and hay bales to add authenticity! Traditionally people are expected to bring their own tartan and hay bale, but in Far North QLD we thought this might be difficult…
We did a lot of advertising, particularly on Facebook but at work as well (I work in a large hospital) to sell tickets and raise awareness. We used a lot of pictures and simple phrases, like ‘Kilt Up and Ceilidh On’
, ‘Keep Calm and Ceilidh On’
, ‘I had an Irn Bru in 66 and I don’t go on about it’
, etc. We then used the posters to decorate the hall on the night.
I had a small group of friends (Emma, Jake and Julia in the photo below) who helped organise the event as well as setting up on the night, and cleaning up after. Gavin made beer and ran my bar (photo above). Kerrie and Jay took tickets at the door, sold the tokens ($2 each) that we used as currency, took down guesses for the ‘how many loch ness monsters in the bucket’ competition, and sold the cakes and biscuits that myself and another 5 or 6 friends made and contributed to our bake sale. We sold tickets for $40 a head and this included some drinks tokens as well as a simple meal (Stovies and oatcakes) made by two Scottish girls, which was essentially meat and mash.
We were lucky enough to have WattleNGum, a local folk music band, agree to provide us with music and a caller for the night. Bill, the spokesman for the band, had been heavily involved in the Free East Timor movement in the ’70s, and felt strongly that the cause was a good one and worth the support of WattleNGum. The night would not have been nearly as successful without them- they had ten members available to play, and provided us with 4 hours of music and dance instruction, and a lot of laughs.
WattleNGum, a local folk music band
WattleNGum are experienced bushdance/ceilidh players, as they provide the music and calling for this event each year at the Palm Creek Festival as well as the Paluma Folk Festival in North Qld.
Everyone had an amazing time. It was a family friendly event, and loads of people brought their children. We had maybe 50-55 people attend. Everyone was up and dancing at one time or another, and I had a lot of people come to me and say they hadn’t laughed so hard in ages. I have already had several people at work ask when the next event will be, and several people express regrets that they were unable to attend.
Karly - getting ready to run the Dublin Marathon