2nd to the 24th December 2017
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Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland calls for festive volunteers.

If you love Christmas time, listening to Christmas carols and watching families and children “ooh” and “aah” at thousands of Christmas lights, then the team at Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland wants you.
 
The 2016 Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland committee is calling upon the Toowoomba community to get into the Christmas spirit and look at volunteering for this year’s event.

Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland is an annual event, proudly hosted by the Lions Club of Toowoomba West.

This event has become a Christmas icon over the past 14 years, with funds raised from the event going to three major Toowoomba beneficiaries; the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, the Toowoomba Hospital, and Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland.  

Lighting up Queens Park each festive season, the Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland display sees over 80,000 people attend each year.  

In excess of $756,000 has been returned to the Community through the beneficiaries since Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland commenced almost 15 years ago.

Project Chairman Marshall Cox said volunteers were an integral part of getting the event off the ground each year.

“We could not run this event each year without the generous support of our volunteers,” Mr Cox said.

“In order for us to ensure Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland runs smoothly, we need around 40 volunteers each night over the 22 consecutive nights.

“This is a great opportunity for family members, friends or work colleagues to get together and spend time supporting the local community during the festive season.”

For veteran Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland volunteer Graham Miller, 2016 will be his ninth year volunteering at the event.

Mr Miller will volunteer for 19 of the 22 nights Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland, and said his dedication to the event came down to three reasons.


“The Lions Club of Toowoomba West have been very generous and have helped many times over many years the Toowoomba and District Down Syndrome Support Group of which I am part of, so I see volunteering as a way of giving back to this great organisation,” Mr Miller said.

“I typically assist at the front gate on Lindsay St and when you see people’s faces when they walk in light up in wonder of the lights, particularly young children, it is so incredibly rewarding.

“It is also fulfilling to know that the proceeds from the event go back to local charities, giving a helping hand to our community.”

Based on last year’s figures, over:

•    660kg of sausages will need to be cooked;
•    590 loaves of bread buttered;
•    7056 cans of soft drink opened;
•    14,500 glow products given to children;
•    10,5000 balloons blown up and twisted; and
•    Thousands of faces painted.
The event runs from 7pm to 10pm each night from December 3 – 24.

Volunteers can register their interest at www.christmaswonderland.com.au/volunteer-info/  and must be at least 15 years of age for insurance purposes.


For media enquiries, contact Anna Jones from the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation on (07) 4616 6166 or 0481 395 623.