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Spaghetti Circus launches their new truck ‘Gertie’ to support community
their outreach work. Photo Jeff ‘Circus Snoz’ Dawson.

A new member has joined the Spaghetti Circus team and she’s an old but a goodie.

‘Gertie’ as she is known around the traps, is a new, second-hand truck which has been purchased as the result of fundraising that reached $17,000.

Gertie will help her Spaghetti Circus family with community outreach work carrying equipment, professional artists, coaching staff and students to locations across Byron Shire to engage with aged-care, Indigenous students, clients of United Disability Care and school-aged children.

Circus general manager Alice Cadwell says she is overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses, families, students and circus supporters who made the purchase of Gertie’ possible. ‘Our outreach work is a significant and unique aspect of the work we do at Spaghetti Circus and it very special when the community gets behind us to allow us to continue and improve on this service.

’It’s a big part of our mission to make circus education, experience and entertainment accessible to our elders, First Nations people, people with disability and to schoolchildren across our beautiful shire.’

Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts Ben Franklin MLC helped Spaghetti Circus secure a $5,000 Premier’s Grant to fill the truck with a huge supply of juggling balls and scarves, spinning plates, devil sticks, hoops, stilts and playful paraphernalia.

Spaghetti Circus is grateful to all of the 2019 Annual Giving Campaign donors who helped make the truck a reality as they look forward to getting a more expansive outreach show on the road.

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