Time to put talent to the test, again

TRACY MILES
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2013
pleasant point's got talent

TAPPING TALENT: Pleasant Point's Got Talent is on again in January.

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Heats in the third Pleasant Point's Got Talent start on January 5.

Steve Casey of Legends Cafe where the event is held, said it has proved to be a great success with audience numbers growing each year.

Heats are on January 5 and 12 with finals on January 19.

The talent quest is open to all age groups and talents, and this year, instead of the traditional first, second and third prizes there will be an under 18, over 18 and open section.

The open section winner will receive $1500 and prizes for the under and over 18 sections will also be bigger than previous years in hopes of attracting even more talent.

All proceeds from ticket sales, entry fees and donations will again go to the Aaron Otley Memorial Trust.

The trust benefits local families who have children affected by accident or illness. In 2013 more than $10,000 was raised from the show.

"This year we hope to raise even more for those families who are in need," Mr Casey said.

The committee is asking for support for the event through either sponsorship or donation of goods or services for auction or to raffle.

There are three levels of sponsorship, bronze (a donation of $200), silver ($500) or gold ($1000). The sponsorship funds are used in the prize pool and 100 per cent of the balance is donated to the trust.

"We are so lucky to have the continued support from the local business community for this much-loved event. It is not too late to become a sponsor. We are hoping to send all the sponsors names and logos off to the printers by the December 6."

The committee has also begun collecting vouchers and products to use in its monster auction and raffles.

"These prizes need not be huge, for example, a discount voucher."

People can keep informed on donations and sponsors on the Legends facebook page.

Products and sponsorships can be dropped off at Legends or sent to 15 Afghan St, Pleasant Point. Cheques should be made payable to The Aaron Otley Memorial Trust.

"We can also arrange to pick any sponsorships or products up from your address."

SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD

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