ON TRACK: Jambin State School students, with Kristen Allenden. The Melbourne Cup Calcutta will raise money for the school camp.
ON TRACK: Jambin State School students, with Kristen Allenden. The Melbourne Cup Calcutta will raise money for the school camp. Vanessa Jarrett

Annual calcutta to aid school

THE date is set and auctioneer is booked.

Get ready folks, the Jambin Melbourne Cup Calcutta is on again.

This year, the calcutta is being hosted and organised by the Jambin State School P&C.

"Since the CWA retired and the playgroup has folded, we jumped on the bandwagon,” P&C fundraising co-ordinator Kristen Allenden said.

The fundraising event will assist the school in getting back on their feet after spending all their savings on the new playground earlier in the year.

"We need to bank up the fund again so we can send the kids on their school camp,” Kristen said.

"We pay half and the parents pay the other half, otherwise the kids wouldn't be able to go.”

The night will include the annual auction.

"We will have the calcutta, auctioning off the horses,” Kristen said.

"That is a huge part of the night, the auctioneer provides a lot of entertaimnent as well, being local everyone knows him.

"And we run the sweeps and the P&C will have a barbecue running.”

Kristen hopes it will be a good night.

Events in previous years usually have had a big turnout.

"We have kept it on a Saturday night so we get more of a crowd,” she said.

"Since it is the two events meshed into one it should be a good night.

"We don't get huge events here and Pete and Sue Wilkie have kindly let us host it there (Jambin Hotel).

"We take over the pub as a function so we hope the community gets behind it.”

Partygoers and their wallets are all welcome to come along.

"It supports the community and brings people here,” Kristen said.

"It's a good excuse to come in and see people you haven't seen in ages and catch up.

"We want everyone to come along from all around the shire, friends and family and kids are welcome.”


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