In October, Canterbury held its annual Pole-Tober-Fest. Juliet Hubbard reports:
This is the fifth year of the Liberate Pole Dance and Exercise Cystic Fibrosis Canterbury Fundraiser Show that Olivia Allchurch has put together (owner of Liberate Pole Dance and Exercise) with the help from myself and Liv’s students. Olivia has done such a great job producing yet again another great show fundraiser for Canterbury branch.
The event has grown so much over the past five years. Grown in amount of money raised, awareness spread, crowd attending and more people preforming. The first year the event was held in the studio where Liv teaches and raised $400; this year and the past couple of years the event has been held in Riccarton at the Halo Bar.
A growing amount of $5000 was raised at Pole-Tober-Fest 2018! It was a fantastic night. We had a very entertaining MC, Mullet Man, who just put the icing on the cake so to speak, he kept the crowd entertained between all acts and he even had members from the crowd up on the stage doing various tasks to win spot prizes here and there. He was full of jokes and he even managed to fit in some amazing juggling for us all to watch.
The night kicked off with a speech from myself about cystic fibrosis and what it’s like to live with CF. I like to get the word out there and remind people why they are here supporting the event.
We then had a variety of performances that ranged from pole, singers, dancers, circus acts, burlesque and belly dancing throughout the night with a half time break where the crowd could buy raffle tickets or a rose. Moffatt's Florist kindly donated 65 roses for us to sell during the night which we sold for $5 per rose.
It was so lovely, people were gifting them to their loved ones, friends and favourite performers. I was sitting down resting and three ladies I had never met came over to me and thanked me for producing a fantastic touching speech and then each gifted me a rose they had all bought!
Liv thought the story of the little lad who couldn’t quite pronounce cystic fibrosis, instead he said 65 roses was just adorable, so she really enhanced this year with selling the 65 roses.
The show is getting bigger and better each year and as always, I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Check out the photos from the night!