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Auckland's waterfront not available for Wigs 2010

Wed 2 Dec 2009 In: New Zealand Daily News

The creator of Auckland's annual Wigs on the Waterfront fundraising day of drag shows says he's shocked to discover that its usual Viaduct Harbour location is not available this summer. Wigged out: Drag stars entertain the Viaduct Harbour The harbour area's management told the event's organisers that Wigs has "outgrown" the location, which is to be used for the Louis Vuitton yachting event for much of 2010. Wigs creator Wayne Nicholas explains "We did consider alternatives, such as the Eastern Viaduct, but there were a number of factors that worked against us. However, the main issue has been the change of venue, which has caused logistical problems and spiraling costs that would have made the event unfeasible as a fundraiser." The most recent Wigs on the Waterfront back in March raised $6,650 for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation - the most money raised in the history of the colourful event. 2010 will mark the tenth anniversary of Wigs on the Waterfront. "Plans are now being finalised for an alternative format for the event next year, and details will be available very soon," says Nicholas. "I never imagined just how enduring this Wigs would become," adds Nicholas. "We are proud to be a part of Auckland's summer, and to have been able to support so many charities over the years. "We hope that next year's celebrations will allow us to continue to raise funds and awareness for a cause that has an impact on the whole community." Wigs event and sponsorship coordinator Maree Folwell says she's very excited about the popular event's 10th anniversary. "It's a special milestone, and once again we are inviting submissions from not-for-profit organisations within the gay community who would like to be the beneficiary of any funds raised." Every year Wigs on the Waterfront seeks sponsorship, entertainers and volunteers. Anyone who would like to be involved can contact Maree Folwell via email at chaples@xtra.co.nz.      

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 - 1:26pm

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