by Tobi Loftus
THE Kumbia Brain Drain raised about $10,000 for the Kumbia State School P&C.
Event Organiser James Curtain said the 24th Brain Drain, held on Saturday at the Kumbia Memorial Hall, was an awesome night.
"We had large crowds and everything went to plan,” Mr Curtain said.
"It was the first year where the feedback has been a 100% positive.
"We try to improve each year and respond to feedback and we finally had a year where everyone seems happy.”
Mr Curtain said the money raised on the night would go to a new multi-purpose room.
"It will be for art and music and some therapy rooms for professionals to come in and work with kids that need support,” he said.
"We don't have space for those activities at the moment.
"AGL has also sponsored us to do some planning around that.”
Mr Curtain said the funds would also be used to help with other projects around the school.
"This year's funds will also go towards support for the school camp,” he said.
"The school camp tries to take kids away to Great Keppel Island every second year.
"It will also be used for things like iPads in the classrooms, if kids make rep sides in sport it will support them to go away and do whatever they need to do in sport events.
"It gives the P&C a bit of capacity to help out when students need it.”
Funds from past fundraisers has been used to build new play areas.
Mr Curtain said one of the highlights from the event was the costumes people wore.
"There were some terrific costumes,” he said.
"The committee puts a lot of effort into the event, but the attendees also put in hours of work pulling the costumes together.
"We recognised the best dressed team on the night, though it was close in terms of effort put in. It made the night that people get into it.”
He said the event wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of the committee and the local businesses that sponsored the event and donated items for raffles.
"The feedback on the trivia questions was overwhelmingly positive, they were challenging but were a bit of fun as well,” he said.
"We had a terrific MC in Damien Martoo, who has been coming for a few years now and really gets into it.
"Everyone got into it.”
Mr Curtain said the event would return next year.
"It will be the 25th anniversary of the very first brain drain,” he said.
"We will be meeting next week to start planning that.
"We're hoping to build on the success of this weekend and make the event bigger and better again.”