Published on 20 August by McPherson Media Group at MMG Online.
This article also appeared in print in Shepparton News.
Toni interned at Shepparton News in August, 2013.
Disadvantaged children will be treated to a world-class circus performance today, as Circus Quirkus returns to Shepparton.
The travelling show brings international circus acts to towns across Australia.
Businesses buy tickets to distribute to disadvantaged families.
Proceeds from ticket sales cover the costs of the show, with the balance donated to an organisation in the community where Circus Quirkus performs.
Shepparton Lions Club member Terry Collison said the partnership had significantly contributed to community projects in the Goulburn Valley.
‘‘When the balance comes back to Lions Club, we disburse that across the GV from Cobram to Shepparton,’’ he said.
Mr Collison estimated as much as $80000 had been raised during the past seven years through Circus Quirkus.
Circus Quirkus manager Christopher Price said Shepparton continued to be a major supporter of the show.
‘‘We’re probably in about our sixth or seventh year in Shepparton. It was popular right from the get-go and it’s grown from there. We get nearly a full house for every show,’’ he said.
‘‘Despite what we would consider to be an economic downturn, the Shepparton business community is always supportive. In other cities it’s dropped back, but the Shepparton maintains its support.’’
Lions Club distributed about 1400 tickets for the two shows at Eastbank Centre today.
This number is almost double that of last year, when nearly 800 people watched everything from juggling acts to trapeze performances.