Christmas is all about giving and the generosity of our guests was incredible in donating to the Rotary Club of Mandurah Wishing Well during the 2020 Christmas Lights Cruise season.
A total of $27,000 was raised in just 5 weeks of Christmas Lights, taking the grand total of the wishing well to over $225,000 raised since it started back in 2008!
The exciting news was set to be announced on 7th February at the Thank you & Awards Night for the Port Mandurah Canal Residents, put on by Mandurah Cruises, but this was postponed until end March due to the COVID lockdown. Residents will be recognised with trophies and tongue-in-cheek awards on the night including the Judge’s Awards, the People’s Choice Awards and a special Hall of Fame award.
“In a year of pandemic where there was so much uncertainty it was so lovely to see people still giving. To only fall a few thousand short of last seasons record breaking amount is just amazing,” said Mandurah Cruises Christmas Lights Coordinator – Natalie Goddard.
“Thank you to everyone who donated to the Rotary Wishing Well. We hope your wish comes true!”
“At Mandurah Cruises we are proud to make a large monetary donation to the Wishing Well at the end of each festive season and raise funds through other initiatives, including Containers for Change where we collected all cans and bottles on board all cruises in December and January and donated the total refund amount to the Wishing Well.”
All funds will be distributed exclusively to local charities in need. “We are delighted with the amount raised and have launched our 2021 grants round for local charities and not-for-profit community groups” said Rotary Wishing Well Co-ordinator Martin Robinson.
“We encourage local charities and community groups to apply for funding through the Rotary Wishing Well fund, where applications opened on February 1 and close March 31.” They are looking for stand-alone projects for under-resourced groups in the Mandurah area, delivered by local non-for-profit organisations. They accept one proposal per group per year, with grants between $500 and $3000 available.
For more information on those groups who have benefited from the monies raised in the past and to apply for funding please CLICK HERE.
Christmas Lights Singers Raise Record Breaking Amount!
Every night over the 35 days of Christmas Lights Cruises we have incredibly talented young performers singing Christmas songs and contemporary sets on stage, at our departure jetty. They entertain the thousands of people who attend our Christmas Lights Cruises or visit Mandjar Square to see Santa and his elves and view the stunning Chistmas Lights Trail.
Our performers are given the opportunity to raise money for charity if they wish to, by putting out a tin and signage on the stage and talking about the charity during sets. We would like to say a huge congratulations to Shannon White and Christie McGarrity who raised an amazing amount for their chosen charities.
Shannon White has been performing at our Christmas Lights Cruises for a number of years now and is pursuing a career in music, currently studying at WAAPA. She raised a total of $2, 103.95 for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Follow Shannon on Instagram at @shannonwhitesings.
Christie McGarrity has been performing at our Christmas Lights Cruises for a number of years with the Red Dress Choir and as a solo artist. She is pursuing a career in the performing arts and you can catch her in the upcoming Legally Blonde the Musical at Crown Perth. She raised a total of $1,163.10 for Cancer Council and people suffering with lyme disease.
Follow Christie on Facebook at @Christie McGarrity Performer.