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GFG Alliance on board for this year's pageant

GFG Alliance has wasted no time getting involved in the Whyalla community by sponsoring this year's Christmas pageant

It’s been a great year for Whyalla and it will be capped off next month with the GFG Alliance Whyalla Christmas Pageant.

Yep, that’s right, Christmas is just around the corner with council workers like Pete Santucci, pictured, and many in the community busy preparing their floats for the popular annual event. Last year there were 55 floats or walking groups in the pageant and council is hoping for even more this year.

pageantThe November pageant is part of a big event which is a joint effort between the Whyalla Apex Club of Whyalla and Whyalla City Council, thanks to the major support of GFG Alliance - the new owners of the former Arrium operations.

GFG Alliance Media and Communications Manager, Sean Kelly said the business was keen to help expand the festivities as a way of saying thank you to the people of Whyalla.

“The entire community has been through one of the most turbulent periods in our city’s history but now it’s time to celebrate the exciting future ahead,” he said.

“We therefore wanted to work with Apex and council to make the pageant bigger and better, providing an opportunity for a well-earned community celebration.”

Running from 4pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, November 25, the community celebrations will kick off with the pageant starting at Whitehead Street and finishing at Ada Ryan Gardens where there will be tons of entertainment.

With Santa the feature of the pageant, local band JackDaw will provide just some of the music at Ada Ryan Gardens to go with the circus acts, kids’ acts, art and craft markets and a spectacular fireworks display to finish the night off. The jolly man in red will also be there for picture opportunities with the kids following his pageant appearance.

Whyalla Apex Club’s Damien Trenwith said the support from GFG Alliance was “a tremendous boost to this wonderful event” and very timely now that GFG has become “like family to Whyalla”.

“This is so very much a community event, so while we can provide the entertainment with the help of GFG, we want the community to get involved with floats for the pageant and anyone out there who wants to set up a stall at the gardens celebrations,” Mr Trenwith said.

“We see such fantastic floats every year and they often don’t need that much work to put together something special. It can be a dressed-up vehicle or you can just be a colourful entry to walk the pageant route.

 “Whether it is community groups, sporting clubs, service groups or just a family wanting to have some fun, start thinking about what you could do for a float or walking entry.

“Groups, businesses or individuals who want to be a part of the event with a stall at Ada Ryan Gardens are also encouraged to register now with the form on the council website.”

To enter a float or register for a stall, go to http://bit.ly/2wRnsVA for the necessary form.  The site also includes information on how to apply for a council grant to help with pageant preparation.

The cut-off for registrations is 5pm on Monday, November 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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