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Big Gig Fundraiser

Posted 7 Aug 2019

  • When: Saturday 10 August
  • Starts: 8:00pm till late
  • Where: The Genny!

Mt Hotham Volunteer Ski Patrol is out to raise money to help fund the purchase of a powered ambulance cot to assist with lifting and lowering patients in and out of their ambulance.

This weekend’s Big Gig fundraiser has become annual event for the organisation and will take place for the 13th time on Saturday with a night of auctions and entertainment at The General.

The Big Gig and other fundraising initiatives allow Ski Patrol to make new purchases, upgrade equipment and cover the cost of courses each year.

This year Snow Monkey have jumped on board as the major sponsor of the Big Gig, donating a substantial amount of gear to be auctioned on the night.

Among the items and others supplied by Hotham businesses, ski clubs and others off the mountain are ski equipment and clothing, vouchers for restaurants and recreational activities and much more.   

Full-time patroller and volunteer captain David Wilson said the event is always well attended by the Hotham community with many people returning each year to show support and give generously.

Mount Hotham Ski Patrol operates with a staff of paid professional full and part time patrollers as well as a large group of dedicated volunteers.

They operate to minimise the risk of injury and exposure to hazards for all persons in the resort and to provide assistance for injured or lost persons in the alpine region over winter.

This is achieved by constant maintenance of the resort’s slopes, monitoring the ever-changing conditions close by and educating resort visitors on safe and appropriate use.

All patrollers are qualified in advanced emergency care and many are qualified and trained in various aspects of rescue in the Victorian alpine areas.

The Big Gig gets underway at 8pm with auction items available to view for two hours beforehand while post-auction there will be live music downstairs.