GALLERY: Garden Party 2017

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The characters of Mario Kart make an appearance at the Apex Karratha Garden Party.
Camera IconThe characters of Mario Kart make an appearance at the Apex Karratha Garden Party. Credit: Apex Karratha

A cast of colourful characters descended on Port Walcott recently for the 2017 Apex Karratha Garden Party, helping to raise about $25,000 to go back into the community.

Some 450 people attended this year’s exclusive charity event on Saturday, August 19, at a secret location which turned out to be Port Walcott.

Local band Misguided performs on stage.
Camera IconLocal band Misguided performs on stage. Credit: Apex Karratha

From Mario Kart to the cast of Game of Thrones to a set of synchronised swimmers, there was a huge array of costumes on display as people let their imaginations run wild for a fun day out.

Guests were served canapes made by a local chef and Karratha band Misguided played, even getting into the spirit of the party by dressing in checked suits.

A tropicana-themed group at Garden Party.
Camera IconA tropicana-themed group at Garden Party. Credit: Apex Karratha

The open theme dress-up party has been running for more than 20 years and is the major annual fundraiser for the local not-for-profit club Apex.

This year it is expected to have raised about $25,000 for the group.

Angela Blackwood, Lewis Blackwood, Tony Coelho and Marcia Coelho.
Camera IconAngela Blackwood, Lewis Blackwood, Tony Coelho and Marcia Coelho. Credit: Apex Karratha

Apex Karratha president Aaron Reid said the event had received a lot of positive feedback and been an “outstanding success”.

He put its success down to public awareness that all funds went towards the club’s community service work, from sending sports teams to State or national events to buying books for schools.

Apex Karratha committee members Lee Tattam, Paul Moretti and Jared Whittaker.
Camera IconApex Karratha committee members Lee Tattam, Paul Moretti and Jared Whittaker. Credit: Apex Karratha

“I think everyone gets behind it because we’re a not-for-profit organisation,” he said.

“All our profits from it go straight back into the community.”

Karis Jenna and Clint Franklin.
Camera IconKaris Jenna and Clint Franklin. Credit: Apex Karratha

Apex is open to all 18-45 year-olds in the community and meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 7pm at the Karratha RSL Club.

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