y Richard Bruinsma
The first ever MooFest has been labelled a great success by organisers, who report more than 2030 people through the gates at the inaugural family-friendly music festival.
The event, which raised more than $4000 for charity, was organised by a small committee who managed to ignite the passion of local businesses, churches and individuals, who all chipped in to help ensure it worked.
“For a bunch of people, most of whom have never done something like this before, we’re really pleased with how it’s come together,” Fiona Can, one of the organisers, said
“Everything has fallen into place, I think God has really blessed it.
“I think it’s succeeded my expectations of how successful it’s been – everyone is enjoying it, there’s a great bunch of people having a great bunch of fun.
“It’s got a really good vibe here, because we’re not here to make a buck; we’re here to give a buck.”
The festival was the brainchild of a small committee based in Mooloolah and headed by local mum Nat Pettingill.
“I’ve got five children and, as a family, some of these music festivals are just unaffordable, so I thought, ‘let’s do something that’s affordable and for families and as a platform for charities to raise funds’,” Mrs Pettingill said.
The inaugural Moofest featured seven performers, headlined by the Christian band Sons of Korah, and included displays by the JC Epidemic BMX stunt team, a Kids Zone just for children, lots of food and drink and 40 stalls, including 15 charities such as Destiny Rescue, Life Line, the Pyjama Foundation, Life Without Barriers and She Rescue Home.
Entry was by donation – whatever amount each patron was able to afford, no matter how small.
“We’re passionate about families and for our kids to see there’s good in the world; and for them to be able to see these charities and the work they do,” Mrs Pettingill said.
The event was fully-funded thanks to a $5000 community grant from the Heritage Bank and donations from local businesses, churches and individuals. As a result, all funds raised on the day are being donated to World Vision.
Sons of Korah, which embarks on an international tour straight after their Moofest gig, are ambassadors for World Vision.
The committee thanked everyone who supported MooFest and said it would not have been possible without their generous support of time, money and material donations.
Mrs Pettingill said the event already had many verbal commitments for support for another MooFest next year.
Enjoying mooFest are, at back, Joel Sommerfeld and Jonathan Stevens and, at the front, Benjamin Aveline, Axel Stewart, Tuscan Jeffrey and Oliver Gassner.