Volunteers sought for new extravaganza

New event: Kingston District Council Resilience officer Kristen Wilks, Council's Communication and Engagement Coordinator Tess Armfield and Cheif Executive Nat Traeger are looking for volunteers in the community to help with the 'Ball in the Hall' event.
New event: Kingston District Council Resilience officer Kristen Wilks, Council's Communication and Engagement Coordinator Tess Armfield and Cheif Executive Nat Traeger are looking for volunteers in the community to help with the 'Ball in the Hall' event.

On the back of the success of the recent Barbed Wire Ball, the Kingston District Council is asking for volunteers to help with ideas and planning for a 'Ball in the Hall' to be held next year.

The event is aimed at recognising volunteers who make a contribution in the district, and would also serve as a major fundraiser for the community.

Council chief executive officer Nat Traeger said the council hoped volunteers could bring a range of ideas to the table.

"It will be a working group that would bring together the event - it would be under the authorisation of the Kingston District Council so we would still be holding it, hosting it and promoting it, we just want community to help us organise it and host it," she said.

The event, which would cater for people over 18 years of age, would take place in the Kingston Community Hall.

Ms Traeger said the council was planning to coincide the event with National Volunteer Recognition Week in May in order to recognise volunteers within the district.

She said there would also be an award to be presented on the night.

"We are looking at calling in nominations for volunteer of the year or an unsung hero or a forgotten community person who does a lot of work - we will probably make the announcement at that function," she said.

The occasion would follow a ticketed system where people would pay to cover the costs of catering and entertainment.

Council resilience officer, Kristen Wilks, said the event would serve as a fundraiser.

"It will be something for the community, not for a specific community group it will just be every year a portion of the funds will be delivered into a community project," she said.

"It might be a new playground or something that benefits everybody rather than just a group."

Ms Wilks said there would be a theme for the event which would align with the theme of Volunteers Week.

"The week always has a theme so it will be set around that - the theme has not been announced - so we are just looking for people to put their hand up to be involved in the project help set it up and develop what it is going to look like," she said.

She said the council had received some excellent feedback around the Barbed Wire Ball - it was not only for a great cause, but gave people a chance to catch up with one another.

"So many people thought it was such a great night, it was a great opportunity to bring the community together - particularly for those who do not get to see each other very often," she said.

- Details: Anyone interested in helping to organise the event can contact Tess at the council office via email at tarmfield@kingstondc.sa.gov.au or by phoning 8767 2033.