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Article taken from the Moree Champion
By Georgina Poole
Apr. 30, 2015, 4 a.m.
IT’S not just Moree’s rich black soil plains renowned for fertility.
The Moree on a Plate committee has enjoyed a definite baby boom in recent years, with six babies born since the last festival.
And with the focus now on recruiting volunteers to help at the event, to be held May 9 at Moree Secondary College, president Mary-Kate McCormick believes if they can do it, so can you!
“Maybe it’s the town’s artesian base or our beautiful hot pools, but there is certainly something in the water out here!”
Last year a number of the 12-strong volunteer organising committee carried out their duties heavily pregnant, with a bounty of beautiful babes to enjoy their first Moree on a Plate next month.
“Kate Goodhew certainly raised our average with her twins Oscar and Frankie, but for a small committee it’s pretty high odds.”
Mary-Kate admitted much of the organising of the event was done with babies on the hip and toddlers at the knee but that the challenges and juggling had all been worthwhile.
We are looking forward to a fantastic festival this year, I’m really proud of all the committee and I think we have organised an event that the whole town can be so excited about.
Celebrity chef Fast Ed, kids healthy eating advocate’s Bubble Muffin, live entertainment by Hoi Polloi and many exciting new and familiar food producers are just some of the highlights of this year’s festival.
With much of the hard work done by the organisers, the committee is now looking for volunteers on the day and is calling on anyone in the community who can spare even a few hours next Saturday to go along and help out.
“It may be manning the gate, selling raffle tickets or just providing an extra set of hands packing up in the afternoon – any help is much appreciated.”
She said they were also in need of some muscle power setting up on the Friday evening.
“Events like these only thrive thanks to volunteers willing to donate their time and we are so lucky here in Moree that we have such a generous, supportive community.
“Events like Moree on a Plate provide locals with a great day out, attract visitors to the district and of course showcase the wonderful produce and people within our community.
“If we don’t have volunteers to drive such events then they won’t continue, which would be a huge tragedy.”
Mary-Kate said anyone interested in volunteering on the day, or becoming a member of the committee, could email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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