Gold Coast Expo supports local charities

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All for a good cause: (l-r standing) Jonathan Sims (Sailability), Andrew McNeilly and Paul Brennan (Westpac Lifesaver RHS), Emma Brown (GCIBS), Simone Sherrin (Ronald McDonald House SEQ), Val Pence (Rotary Club of Coomera River), and Greg Wright (Sailability). Front: Peter Board (Sailability).
All for a good cause: (l-r standing) Jonathan Sims (Sailability), Andrew McNeilly and Paul Brennan (Westpac Lifesaver RHS), Emma Brown (GCIBS), Simone Sherrin (Ronald McDonald House SEQ), Val Pence (Rotary Club of Coomera River), and Greg Wright (Sailability). Front: Peter Board (Sailability).

Queensland charities receive donations from Expo organisers.

The Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo has continued its practice of previous years by making a donation to various local charities.

Representatives of the charities received their cheques recently at a ceremony on the Gold Coast. Charities which benefited included the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Sailability Gold Coast, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland.

“The Gold Coast International Boat Show is a not-for-profit event that provides a truly unique platform for the marine industry to connect with boating enthusiasts," said Emma Brown, event and marketing manager.

“We are delighted that the 2017 show saw a record attendance of more than 23,000 visitors and a record number of exhibitors. This has allowed us to give generously to local charity organisations, many of which we rely upon to help with the smooth running of this large scale event.

“Teams from Rotary and Sailability kindly donate their time to undertake a wide range of tasks throughout our show. These volunteers are an invaluable component of the boat show and we couldn’t do what we do without their generous help and support each year.

“The Rotary volunteers work hard throughout the three-day show on traffic control and parking and the Sailability team assists at our entry gates. Peter Board from Sailability also spends the weekend running our public address system, keeping our visitors informed of activities and any general announcements.

“We also support the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland in recognition of their extraordinary work to help the people of south-east Queensland every day of the year.”

Over the past seven years the Expo has donated $100,000 to charities.

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