Kangaroo Island showcases local produce in fundraiser for youth

Kingscote Town Hall will come alive with the taste and smell of local produce and the sounds of “Famous Strangers” on Friday, October 19 for a formal three course gourmet fundraising dinner, proceeds of which will go towards supporting local youth through Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia.

Emcee for the event, Craig Wickham from Exceptional KI, will welcome some of the not-so-famous strangers attending - entrants in the Variety V2 Motorcycle Event visiting the Island from October 18 -21 in the name of raising money for kids in need.

“We are looking forward to meeting some of the local people and tasting the quality produce the Island has to offer,” said Variety V2 Motorcycle Run chairman Andrew Marshall.

“It will be a fantastic evening and we hope to raise as much money as can to give back to the community.”

The event is supported by Kangaroo Island council and will be generously co-hosted by Junction Australia, a social enterprise providing community services and housing, and who manage the Kangaroo Island Community Centre.

The Centre has applied for a $25,000 grant from Variety, including money raised from the evening, to build a dedicated recreational area for local youth facing challenges.

“This is an event not to be missed and tickets are selling fast,” said Junction CEO Maria Palumbo.

“We have secured catering by Cactus and other great Kangaroo Island food producers coupled with Dudley Wines, KI Spirits and the Kangaroo Island Brewery and many donations from the generous KI community” she said.

“We are looking forward to showcasing the Island produce to both locals and event entrants alike – it will be a great night for a good cause,” she said.

For more information or tickets, phone the Kangaroo Island Community Centre on 8553 2809.

About Junction Australia

Established in 1979, Junction is a social enterprise providing community services and housing to more than 8,500 South Australians each year.

Last year, around 1165 locals attended the Kangaroo Island Community Centre, managed by Junction in Kingscote. Many of those visiting the Centre participated in community activities with more than half receiving specific support from counselling and mentoring to domestic violence and homelessness services.

About Variety – the Children’s Charity

Variety – the Children’s Charity believes that all kids deserve a fair go in life.  Variety provides grants to fund programs and practical equipment to help kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live to the fullest.

Last year, Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia helped more than 33,000 children through 239 grants totalling $3.58m.