Exmouth Kite festival funding to help local causes fly high again

PUBLISHED: 11:03 24 April 2018

Exmouth Rotary Club's kite festival. Ref exe 32 17TI 8809. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Rotary Club's kite festival. Ref exe 32 17TI 8809. Picture: Terry Ife

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Time is running out to vote for a cause you would like to see benefit from funding raised at Exmouth Kite Festival.

The weekend of August 4 and 5 will be the 10th anniversary of the Exmouth Rotary Club Kite Festival, which has raised more than £80,000 for charities since it started.

Around 3,500 people attended last year’s event, with organisers hailing it a ‘huge success’.

And to mark the momentous occasion, Mike King, of the Rotary club, has revealed an ambitious fundraising target of £100,000.

He said: “Being our 10th anniversary, and having raised £83,000, we are obviously targeting £100,000. We don’t know if it’s possible, but it is what we are aiming for.”

During the previous nine festivals, 42 charities have benefited from jointly sharing in the fun with the Rotary club and projected their messages to the supporting public.

This year, for the first time, a public vote will determine the cause which benefits from a proportion of funds raised at the event.

Nominees will be divided into three categories: sports clubs, registered charities and local organisations.

The nominee with the most votes in each category will win a free pitch at the festival, which can help them raise awareness of their cause.

And, as usual, the event looks set to be supported by some excellent entertainment.

This year, Kia promises to ‘bring excitement to the skies’ with a Rokkaku Kite Battle, accompanied by the rhythmical drumming of ‘Taiko Journey’.

Kite fighting, made famous by the hit film The Kite Runner, happens all over the world, but the Rokkaku battle aims to transport crowds to Japan.

Competitors will try to cut through each other’s kite lines, tip the kite so it crashes and block out the wind with their kite causing the opponent’s kite to drop.

This takes place throughout three rounds, all accompanied by the atmospheric Taiko drumming.

The deadline for nominating a local cause to benefit from some of the funds raised at the festival is Monday, April 30.

For full details and to access a nomination form, visit exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk.

Voting will only be possible via the Exmouth Rotary Club Facebook page and will be open between May 2 and July 15.

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