Jaimi named as event ambassador
IT was a golden night for Jaimi Visini, who admits it took a while for the fanfare to sink in when her name was announced as the Gympie Gold Rush 2010/11 senior ambassador.
The 19 year old was sashed at the Gold Rush Gala Ball on Saturday evening at the Gympie Civic Centre.
“It took me a while to adjust,” she said with a chuckle. “It was a real honour.”
Community-minded Jaimi said she was looking forward to her Gold Rush responsibilities.
“I’ve really enjoyed the whole process.”
Gold Rush Festival events co-ordinator Francois Gregory said the night of the ball was filled with a feeling of renewal, with plenty of energetic guests on the dance floor having a great time.
“It all went very well,” she said. “About 160 people attended the ball and all the young people were dancing ‘til midnight – the dance floor was always full. Everyone was very happy.”
Also announced on the night was the Gympie Gold Rush junior ambassador, won by St Patrick’s College student Erin Gifford-Cauley, with the Personality Award going to 13-year-old Talisha Young.
Mrs Gregory said the committee was very touched by the community support it received.
“Everyone came together to help us – it was very emotional for us to see all the people supporting the ball,” she said.
Gold Rush president Jan Collins said it was encouraging to see the event again embraced by Gympie residents.
This week sees the festival offer something for everyone, with tonight’s Literary Awards at the Gympie Library, tomorrow evening’s Great Art Debate at the Gympie Regional Gallery, the Gem Fest at Goldfields Plaza on Thursday, and the Lady Mayoress Gold Rush Concert on in the evening.
It’s a massive day on Saturday with the Battle of the Bands, the Cornett’s IGA Street Parade, and Family Festival in Nelson Park.