It’s Not All Free!
Over the past five years tens of thousands of local people have benefitted from the Andover Carnival as it has flourished and grown. With the reintroduction of the float procession and a new, thriving festival of stalls and entertainment in the Park, the annual event has gone from strength to strength.
What you may not know is that this giant event is run by an average of just ten local people who give their time and skills for free: And, although this is a free community event, it actually costs over £15,000 to stage. The Andover Carnival Organisation relies on generous donations and sponsorships from local organisations and businesses, not only to provide the floats, activities and entertainment but the unseen costs of road closures, toilets, security, litter picking and insurances – to name but just a few.
We Need You!
Our small team is a friendly bunch of local people of all ages and from all walks of life: from business owners to beauticians however what we do all have in common is a desire to do something useful to make the community we live in a better place and raise funds for local charities. Everyone is welcome and you all have something that you can bring to the Carnival there are no skills required, we are just looking for enthusiastic people that enjoy giving back to the community and can share their ideas and time.
So come on, spend just a couple of hours one evening every month at our meetings, to help us plan and be an active part of the organising and implementation of the carnival. Or if you can spare a little more time you might like to join the fun helping with one or two of our fundraising events – or you can just help us out on Carnival Day itself.
Everyone can do just a little and yet make such a big difference to our town.
We Need Your Money!
The Andover Carnival is a voluntary organisation that receives no funding other than the monies we raise ourselves through generous donations and sponsorship. Every little helps.
And We Need Local Business to HELP US Too!
We are extremely grateful to the generosity of some of our larger local employers such as Simply Health, Stannah and Le Creuset who have supported us in previous years through sponsorship, and to our local haulage companies such as Switch, Andover Transport, Howard Tenens, Transplus and Danabb Transport who have kindly provided us with the lorries and volunteer drivers for our floats. Without such generosity from these community spirited local companies there would simply be no Carnival at all.
So if you own or work for a local company – big or small – and you don’t yet support the Andover Carnival, then please make 2013 the year that you join in! It doesn’t have to be a big cash donation, we have sponsorship packages to suit all budgets – or you can simply provide a raffle prize, or volunteers from your company for Carnival Day: All contributions are really appreciated and help to ensure that we can continue the Andover Carnival tradition and provide a fun spectacle for the whole town to enjoy.
For more information and to download entry forms for the 2013 carnival visit www.andovercarnival.org or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/AndoverCarnivalEvents
We Need Your Help! So go on, have fun and do something good for your town.