Welcome to the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras 2018 page!
Next year the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras will be celebrating a very special event; it’s 60th birthday! The Maffra Mardi Gras was commenced in 1957 by a group of local businessmen who had gathered together to raise money for the Maffra and District hospital. Each entrant was voted for with a penny. The winner was announced who then collected a trip interstate with a chaperon.
Some sixty years later, little has changed over the years with a six week fund raising period where entrants and their committees raise as much money as they can from a variety of activities.  In 2010 the Rotary Club of Maffra became the lead organisation responsible for holding this event because of their commitment to their community and insurance requirements.  The name was altered to the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras, reflecting that responsibility. The Rotary Club of Maffra has continued to evolve the event into a family fun day, with face painting, animal petting nursery, carnival rides, music, the street parade, along with food, drink and market stalls. All of this helps to create a carnival like atmosphere. The concept of raising funds for community organisations or clubs has not altered over all this time with football, netball, gym,  and surf lifesaving clubs, kindergartens, primary schools and secondary colleges,  aged care facilities, having participated to raise funds for improvements to their facilities. Profits from the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras are returned to community clubs and organisations each year when the Club makes their annual disbursements. Of course this figure is dependent on a number of factors, including how many clubs or community organisations wish to have an entrant in the event.  The Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras welcomes community organisations and clubs from within the Wellington Shire to consider having an entrant in next year’s event.   Already there has been interest expressed from organisations wishing to have an entrant next year. Each year there is a theme and in 2018 the theme is “St Patrick’s Day”, so think green!  Something that we are very proud of is that our event is the longest running community event in the Wellington Shire. The committee is now seeking expressions of interest from entrants, market and food stalls along with buskers and interested truck drivers who wish to display their trucks. Members of the public who would like to contribute to the running of this iconic event are welcome to become members of the Rotary Club of Maffra. Further details may be obtained from the President of the Rotary Club of Maffra, Graeme Hemming on 0419533680.