ONLY 28 people turned up to save La Festa last week but it was enough for the organising committee to see a shining light at the end of the tunnel.
Committee chairman Councillor Doug Curran said there had been a lot of energy in the room at the information session, where people were asked to share their ideas to keep La Festa in action.
Financial problems and a lack of volunteers have brought the event to the brink of collapse in recent years and it hit a crisis point last month when more than half of the committee admitted they did not want to continue.
“It was pleasing to see some general interest in the room but still disappointing that, in a city of 20,000 people, only 28 want to help with La Festa,” Cr Doug Curran said.
“Some people were simply there to seek clarification on
why it couldn’t be held in the main street and they went
away better informed.
“All-in-all, it was positive.
“The people there were genuine and they were genuinely interested.”
The meeting went for two hours.
Representatives of two local rotary clubs, restaurant owners and members of Griffith Musicians Club offered their support.
“People were very open to putting their suggestions forward,” Cr Curran said.
“The people that turned up gave us renewed confidence that La Festa is still wanted.
“Now the big question will be who will turn up to our AGM on Wednesday.”
The president of Griffith Rotary Club, Ross Grillo, was one who was not willing to let La Festa slip through the cracks.
“We thought if there’s anything we can do as a club, then we’ll do it,” Mr Grillo said.
“We’re fairly old folk so we can’t do a lot of heavy lifting or anything, but there are a lot of things we will be able to help with.
“Everything that happens in Griffith is important – we don’t want any of our events or community projects to stop happening.”
The La Festa committee’s AGM will provide the final answer to whether the event will continue this year.
If a full committee cannot be formed, the festival will not go
The AGM will start at 5.30pm on Wednesday in the Burley Griffin Room at Griffith Regional Theatre.