Fleet making a splash on the Gold Coast for kids in need!

22-Dec-2016 1:00 PM

The Gold Coast waterways will see close to 80 vessels come together for a two-day flotilla to help local children in need by raising funds for Variety - the Children’s Charity of Queensland.

Held on the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd 2017, the Gold Coast City Marina SPLASH for Variety will see both power and sail boat owners come together to cruise the pristine waters from Gold Coast City Marina on the Coomera River to Couran Cove for an overnight stay with fun and entertainment on hand. It then all culminates after the final leg on Sunday, with the Gala Dinner & Auction at the Southport Yacht Club, showcasing the generosity of the boating fraternity.

Mayor Tom Tate has backed the event saying "Over the years I’ve heard of some novel ways to fundraise – but this has to take the cake" also adding "A two-day flotilla on the majestic Coomera River and Broadwater sounds like the best way to raise funds and have a great time. I hope my diary allows me to get involved"

Entry is $450 per boat which includes boat registration and participation for two adults including lunch both days, dinner at Couran Cove and dinner and drinks package at Southport Yacht Club. There is an $800 fundraising component for each boat and whole lot of fun.

All proceeds from the Gold Coast City Marina SPLASH will go directly to Variety – the Children’s Charity, to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged, or who have special needs to live, laugh and learn.

Andrew and Katarina are aiming to raise over $50,000 and have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community. Andrew said "we already have over $20,000 worth of products and services to auction off at the gala dinner but there is always room for more".

Variety – the Children’s Charity Operations Manager, Craig Marriott, was more than supportive when approached by Katarina & Andrew Gage to run this event. "Andrew and Katarina have put a lot of time

and effort into the organisation of this event, and we can’t thank them enough; Variety can’t do what we do without dedicated supporters like the Gages"