Photography by Gold Coast City Marina
Volunteer event organisers, Katarina and Andrew Gage (pictured above) have teamed up with Gold Coast City Marina to host the Gold Coast City Marina Splash 2017 with all funds raised going to Variety, The Children’s charity of Queensland. The event will involve 80 vessels in a two-day raft up.
On the weekend of 22 and 23 April 2017, the Gold Coast City Marina Splash for Variety will unite power and sail boat owners cruising from the Gold Coast City Marina to Couran Cove where they will stay overnight. The event then concludes on Sunday with the Gala Dinner and Auction at the Southport Yacht Club, showcasing the generosity of the boating fraternity.
Mayor Tom Tate has backed the event saying “Over the years I’ve heard of some novel ways to fundraise – but this has to take the cake. A two-day flotilla on the scenic Coomera River and Broadwater sounds like the best way to raise funds and have a great time. I hope my diary allows me to get involved.”
Entry is $450 per boat which includes registration into the event and participation for two adults including lunch both days, dinner at Couran Cove and dinner and drinks package at Southport Yacht Club.
There is an $800 fundraising component for each boat, however it is not a speed race, it is a fundraising race, with prizes awarded to the highest fundraisers. All proceeds from the Gold Coast City Marina Splash will go directly to Variety, the Children’s Charity, to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged, or who have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Andrew and Katarina are aiming to raise over $50,000 and have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community. Andrew said “We already have over $10,000 worth of products and services to auction off at the gala dinner but there is always room for more.”
Variety, the Children’s Charity Operations Manager, Craig Marriott, was more than supportive when approached by Katarina & Andrew Gage to propose putting this event on. “Andrew and Katarina have put a lot of time and effort into the organization of this event, and we can’t thank them enough; Variety can’t do what we do without dedicated supporters like the Gages.”