Francoise Gregory has retired from her position as events co-ordinator for the Gympie Gold Rush Festival.
Francoise Gregory has retired from her position as events co-ordinator for the Gympie Gold Rush Festival. Contributed

Gold Rush co-ordinator says goodbye

HER happy face hides the exhaustion that has forced Francoise Gregory to give up her job as events co-ordinator for the Gympie Gold Rush Festival.

In a sincere heartfelt goodbye, Ms Gregory thanked the festival committee, sponsors and the young ambassadors, who she will miss the most.

Ms Gregory served as the Gympie Gold Rush Festival co-ordinator for the past four years.

She worked amicably with the local community, including business, the council and media to rejuvenate the festival.

Her contribution has seen the festival’s popularity grow to include the very successful fundraising event, the Black and White Masquerade Ball.

“I’m very proud of that and other outcomes of the ideas I have put forward to the committee,” she told The Gympie Times yesterday.

“I would like to wish the Gold Rush Festival committee all the best and good luck.”

Festival president Jan Collins said the committee had accepted Francoise’s resignation, which cited health reasons.

“Francoise has committed herself to many years of devotion to her duties,” she said.

“We wish her well for the future. In the meantime, Gold Rush is powering full steam ahead to bring Gympie the best festival yet.”

Ms Gregory plans to take a well earned break from “organising” the festival.

“Organising a festival is a huge job. For the next year I will take it easy, focus on my parents and look for a part-time job.”

She said she had no plans to leave Gympie.

“I love it here – the people and the place are very nice,” she said.

“Maybe next year I will come back and volunteer with the Gold Rush Festival in a lesser capacity.”

Anyone with inquiries about planning for the Gympie Gold Rush Festival can contact Ms Collins on 0413 022 318.

Gympie Times


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