18 August 2015 Rotary Says Konnichiwa to Japanese Festival

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The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak has snapped up the opportunity to run the annual Japanese Festival of Children’s Day in Coffs Harbour.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have this chance to be involved with this ever-popular and valued community event,” said Daybreak Club President Bev Stalling.

“We’re also very confident that we’ll be able to create a sustainable Festival experience into the future.”

The agreement follows an appeal from Council for interested community groups to come on board and coordinate the Festival, which has been a fixture of the Coffs Harbour Calendar since 2007.

The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak has had strong ties since 2012 with the Japanese Gardens in the Botanic Garden – the site of the Festival. Every year it runs a Lantern Festival at the Japanese Pavilion as a fund-raiser for the continued development of the Japanese Gardens.

“In Japan, ‘Children’s Day’ is one of the most important days of the year,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

“It’s been wonderful over the years to see the way the community has embraced this significant occasion.  Through our partnership with Sasebo, Coffs Harbour has a very special connection with some of the customs and traditions of Japan and the Festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy these as part of a fun, colourful - and free - day out.”

Councillor Rodney Degens, who was involved in the negotiations, said he was delighted that the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak had stepped up and offered to take on its management.

“It’s a great example of the way community groups and Council can collaborate and provide sustainable community events into the future,” he said.

The next Japanese Festival of Children’s Day in Coffs Harbour will take place on May 1 2016.