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Volunteers sought for Ekka strawberry sundaes

The Ekka is back in full swing in August and The Common Good is calling for volunteers to help raise medical research funding in its Strawberry Sundae Stalls.

More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to meet the demand for sundaes at the Ekka between August 7 and August 15.

The Common Good CEO Michael Hornby said shifts are available for individuals and groups.

“The Strawberry Sundaes have become an Ekka tradition for many families and they’re a tasty part of our fundraising campaign once again this year,” Mr Hornby said.

“Ekka patrons love the sundaes so we’re looking for volunteers to scoop ice cream, cut strawberries and add a dash of cream at our stalls.

“Every sale is a welcome sight – $44 funds one hour of research so eight sundae sales secure another hour in the research lab.

“We sold more than 130,000 sundaes at the Ekka in 2019, funding almost 4,500 hours of research.”

The funding has supported research into health issues including heart disease, lung disease, arthritis and dementia.

Volunteers at The Common Good’s five Strawberry Sundae Stalls enter the showgrounds for free.  The first shift starts at 7am and the final shift ends at 10pm.   Shifts range between three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half hours.

Mr Hornby said the Strawberry Sundae Stalls are a great team building exercise for businesses and sporting teams.

“Every sundae has essential ingredients so the ice cream scoopers and strawberry cutters need to work with the cream team to produce the finished product,” Mr Hornby said.

“Sundae sales have funded more than 40,000 hours of research since 2008 so it is a welcome boost for medical research. I’d like to thank everyone who has bought a sundae for supporting important medical research.”

Please click here to join our team of volunteers at the Ekka

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