Bendigo Bank, Richardson & Wrench Real Estate(R&W) and Hangry Café’s combined fundraiser took place on Saturday morning in a fantastic display that truly celebrated the essence of our community Christmas in July celebration. These three key Rozelle Fest participants joined forces to raise money for the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre with a fundraising event that saw the Rozelle Roundabout sizzle with far more than just barbequed sausages. If you haven’t seen the photos yet, make sure you visit our Facebook instagram gallery.
R&W’s lively director Sean Mehri made sure everyone knew what was happening as he rallied locals and visitors alike with entertaining commentary throughout the morning. His three gorgeous daughters handed out goodie bags full of treats for the children including bubble mix and party favours.
Bendigo Bank once again proved their commitment to the local community with an outstanding show of support from their Board members, Regional Managers and the local team including Arash, Nick (alias Bendigo Bank Piggie) and Alice who had spent many hours decorating the branch, blowing up balloons and orchestrating the jelly bean guess competition. In addition to their fundraising support of the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre, Bendigo Bank was also a key sponsor of the Rozelle Fest Christmas in July celebration.
Hangry Café added to the event with a generous coffee fundraiser that saw them donate $2 from the sale of each sausage sizzler’s coffee to the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre.
At the other end of the Beanie Street Party, children enjoyed the beanie decorating workshops at Tali Gallery creating all sorts of fanciful creations using colourful feathers, buttons, pipe cleaners and the like.
Many of the stores, cafes and restaurants were offering special treats for visitors including Roast Turkey Brioche rolls at Rosebud, delicious Christmas pudding and Baileys custard from About Life, fresh juice tastings at Darling Fresh, mulled wine, roast ham and Christmas Trivia at the Sackville, bubbly at Zebra and Zut Alors and toasty woolen hats or mittens for shoppers at Bella Emporio. The lovely team at Prettybird were also giving away gifts with purchases and IKU provided free Bancha tea tastings for all.
An unexpected highlight of the weekend for this Beanie St Party peep was the delicious cup of Vietnamese coffee I received at Le Tran. If you haven’t had a chance to try this before, make sure you pop in and try some this July. I am not sure what their secret is, but I intend to find out… watch this space! It really is worth trying.
Next weekend on Darling Street is shaping up to be even more lively as Paul, Lin & Matt Cooper from Ray White Balmain have managed to convince Santa Claus to break his mid-year slumber and pay us a visit on Sunday. He’ll be available to take early orders for Christmas at the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre from 11am – 12pm and again from 12.30pm – 1.30pm. While the children are being entertained by Santa and being treated to special goodie bags, professional string trio Strelitzia will be entertaining the parents. Face-painters will be creating tigers, puppy dogs, superheroes and princesses out of Rozelle’s wee ones from 10am – 2pm both days and on Sunday there’s a fantastic bean-bag showing of Home Alone Christmas. For a full list of everything that is happening at Rozelle’s month long Beanie Street Party, visit the Festival menu at RozelleFest.com.au