The Search Begins...

Ambassadors & Burdekin Blokes sought for festival

With planning for this year’s events well advanced, the Burdekin Water Festival Committee has begun the search for entrants in the Queensland Country Credit Union Junior Ambassador, Wilmar Sugar Senior Ambassador and Sunwater Burdekin Blokes programs.

Water Festival Committee President, David Cooper, said that this year’s programs would offer the same opportunities as previous years.  “We have a team of four (4) coordinators who have put in a massive amount of work on this year’s programs,” he said.  “With the support of our sponsors and local groups like Rostrum we can offer programs that offer major benefits to the entrants and to their supporting organisations.”

Whilst the Junior and Senior Ambassador programs remain relatively unchanged, the Sunwater Burdekin Blokes program has undergone a modest update.  “The ideal Burdekin Bloke likes to have fun so we wanted to allow entrants to focus more on that aspect of their personality,” Mr Cooper said.

Burdekin Blokes entrants will be required to submit a two (2) minute video showing them in their “natural surroundings” that shows why they are the ideal Burdekin Bloke.  “It’s about letting the entrants show who they really are because the ideal Burdekin Bloke is more about personality than age or occupation or anything else,” Mr Cooper said.

Organisations that have previously supported entrants will be contacted over the next few days with information on this year’s programs but Mr Cooper said there was always room for more people to take advantage of the opportunities available.  “The coordinators will be putting in the hard yards over the next few weeks to let people know exactly what the programs offer and how they can benefit from being a part of the Festival,” Mr Cooper said.

The positives from participating in the programs are unquestioned for both entrants and the organisations that support them.  For the entrants it is a chance to develop skills, increase self-confidence, support their community and make new friendships.  “At the start of the program each year you have a group of nervous but eager entrants,” Mr Cooper said.  “By the time the crowning evenings come around you have a group of confident entrants who are almost unrecognisable; and who have made lifelong friendships through the programs.”

For the supporting organisations there are also benefits.  “What we offer the supporting organisations is a great platform to raise both their public profile and much needed funds,” Mr Cooper said.  “But perhaps the biggest benefit for an organisation is playing a part in helping the entrants to become more passionate about their community and it’s that passion that makes the Burdekin such a great place to live.”

Entrants in all three programs will have their first major public appearance at Tastes of the Burdekin on Saturday, July 18th.  Two crowning evenings will again be held this year; on Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th.  The Water Festival will conclude with the Rotary Club of Ayr Grand Parade and Mardi Gras on Saturday, September 5th.

Although they are keeping some surprises “up their sleeve”, Mr Cooper said the Burdekin community could look forward to another Festival to remember.  “The committee has already put in a huge effort and their work, along with the generous support of our sponsors, means another great Water Festival for the local community.”

Further details on the Ambassador and Burdekin Blokes programs are available by emailing or by contacting the Committee via the Burdekin Water Festival Facebook page.

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