Tuesday, 25 February 2020


Whitianga Community Fundraiser to benefit Community Pool Trust

Whitianga Community Fundraiser to benefit Community Pool Trust

Promotion for the next Whitianga Charity Fundraiser, the Gothic Glam Ball, is about to kick off in full swing. The evening will include a balance acrobatics display by The Dust Palace performers and by popular demand the band The Dukes of Hammersmith is back. Included in the ticket price is a drink on arrival as well as canapés and other great surprises throughout the evening.

The Mercury Bay Community Swimming Pool Trust was selected as the beneficiary of the fundraiser. We asked Rebecca Edwards and Rekha Percival, the organisers of the event, why? And while at it, we couldn’t resist asking how they decided on gothic glam as the theme for the evening.

Rebecca and Rekha organised and hosted last year’s Whitianga Charity Fundraiser, the Bollywood Ball. The event raised more than $3,500 for the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust. Earlier this year the two of them called for other local groups to apply to become the beneficiary of the 2014 fundraiser.

"We had such a hard time selecting the beneficiary of this year’s event," said Rebecca. "A number of exciting community projects are happening. But we felt the pool really brings something to everyone in our community, whether they are young or old or living in Whitianga or the wider Mercury Bay area. What’s more important than teaching your children to swim? Or giving people a place to train and exercise year round?

"The vision of the Swimming Pool Trust is to have a covered and heated year round swimming pool facility for the community. We would like to help them to achieve that."

About a gothic glam-themed ball, Rekha said, "That was almost has hard as choosing a charity. Between Rebecca and I we had a number of ideas and in the end decided on the one that will be like nothing else people can attend in Mercury Bay."

The Gothic Glam Ball will, like the Bollywood Ball, take place in a marquee off Whitianga’s Racecourse Road. Rebecca and Rekha are already hard at work on ideas to transform the marquee into a gothic cathedral. "The marquee is really like a blank canvas, which is great, but we can get a bit excited and have to reel our ideas back sometimes," said Rebecca.

The fundraiser will take place on 18 October. Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contacting Rebecca on 866 5141 or Rekha on 866 5239.

More details are on the Facebook page of Whitianga Charity Fundraiser.


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