GOPIO Queensland hosted a fundraising dinner for India Day Fair 2019. Indian Day Fair is the signature event of GOPIO Queensland and will be held on 17th August at Roma Street Parkland. The Queensland Iconic event is in its eight year and has constantly grown over the years. The event celebrates India’s Independence Day by showcasing everything Indian to the wider community. As Indian Impendence day is 15th of August, India Day Fair is held on the Saturday closest to 15th August and is usually during Ekka week.
GOPIO Queensland does receive the local and state government grants and sponsorship, but the cost of staging this mega event is huge and additional funds are required to balance the budget. The amphitheatre within the Roma Street Parkland is a prestigious but challenging venues, the venue can only accommodate limited number of stalls so the income generated via that means is limited. The dedicated team works very hard to bring together entertaining and culturally appropriate stage program. This year the committee is bringing a team of key musicians from India to provide quality entertainment throughout the day.
The finishing will still remain as is with the dance segment with audience participation and fireworks. A big challenge for the organising committee also remains the time management of stage programs. Allocated. The program has a very strict timeline as the fireworks are programmed to go off at a certain time as per our permit, as there are resident living in the close precinct. Just before the fireworks is the show stopper who is brought at a considerable cost, and as advertised we have to deliver. The problem arises when some performers either deliberately miss their allocated spots or prepare programs way over their allocated time.
The fund raising dinner was held at Kedron Wavell RSL in Chermside, a very good venue in terms of sound, lighting and space , very challenging in terms of catering costs, the buffet service takes a lot of time. Overall the event went very well Lewis Lee as the MC did a wonderful job, he is not new to the audience, and he also conducted the auction quite professionally. The night included live songs, Bollywood dances, speeches, raffles, auction and audience Bhangra with live Dhol Player (Jaggi Dholi). The receptive audience did dig deep so the committee did end up raising funds for Indian Day Fair .The main auction item was a return business class ticket to Delhi by China Southern Airlines. GOPIO Members, their families, politicians, and multicultural community leader took part in the dinner function.