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Press Release: Otways Tourism operators launch fundraiser for flood victims

Issued: 19 January 2011

CAPE Otway Lightstation and Apollo Bay Music Festival are spearheading a Great Ocean Road fundraising campaign with all proceeds going to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal in a bid to help the 200,000 Queenslanders devastated by floods.

The Lightstation will donate all its gate-takings from Monday, January 31, to the relief appeal and will raffle prizes including $750 worth of accommodation at a Great Ocean Road property, plus passes to the Apollo Bay Music Festival in April.

Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said watching footage of flood-ravaged central and southern Queensland prompted him to put out a call to fellow Otways Tourism operators.

“When I saw the footage of the devastating floods I just thought we had to do something,” Mr Thompson said.

Within minutes, operators responded with an array of prizes and cash donations.

“Apart from our gate-takings the Lightstation is also offering two adult Lightkeeper’s Coastal Discovery Tours and two tickets to Opera in the Otways worth a total of $280.

“The Music Festival is giving away a family pass, plus a double pass, lots of recordings by festival artists and signed memorabilia.

“Wongarra’s Points South by the Sea has offered three nights’ accommodation valued at $750, Iluka Restaurant has offered a family meal to be raffled, and Seaview Motel in Apollo Bay has offered a fabulous getaway for two including dinner at the Apollo Bay Hotel.”

“A Room with a View at Wongarra, Stephanie’s at Onion Bay, and The Deck House at Wye River have all committed significant cash donations,” Paul added.

The Lightstation will host the prize draws on Monday, January 31. Everyone who visits the Lightstation will go into the prize draw and people will be able to increase their chance of winning by buying raffle tickets.

There will be prize draws on the hour from midday until 4pm.

The Lightstation’s heritage re-enactment performers, Characters of the Cape, will be at the Lightstation on Monday and a barbecue lunch will be available.

For more information call Paul Thompson on 03 5237 9240.

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