AFTER 17 years of having the same major sponsor, the Leeton Eisteddfod Society is now on the urgent hunt for fresh support.
Climate Technologies will no longer be the major sponsor of the annual event following the retirement of company owners Ted and Anne Celi, who have sold the business.
Society president Judith Nolan paid tribute to the couple for their long-lasting support.
“We were so excited when they approached us offering financial assistance all those years ago,” she said.
“It has allowed us to continue to provide a platform to encourage competitors in all forms of the arts to develop their skills and confidence.
“We have been able to engage highly-qualified adjudicators, use the Roxy Theatre and still keep entry fees and venue entry at the lowest cost. We do appear to be the cheapest eisteddfod around NSW.
“We do thank Mr and Mrs Celi for their commitment to our eisteddfod. They have always been great supporters of the town of Leeton.”
What this means now is the eisteddfod is now searching for new support from a Leeton shire business to ensure the event continues on.
Society publicity officer Lenore Ditton said the eisteddfod was an institution in Leeton so ensuring a solid future for it was crucial.
The society is also gearing up to hold its annual general meeting and the position of secretary will need to be filled.
Fresh faces are encouraged to attend.
Mrs Ditton said there were many reasons to be part of the committee and see the event come to life every year.
“One of the best things about the eisteddfod is the opportunity it gives people to bring their talent on stage and shine,” she said.
“It’s a real treat to be able to watch this, but to also provide that opportunity.”
Mrs Nolan agreed and said there were many reasons to be part of the organising committee, with many hands making light work.
“We would certainly love to see more people come on board, it’s great when it all comes together,” she said.
Businesses interesting in becoming the eisteddfod’s major sponsor should contact Mrs Nolan.
The AGM will be held on November 28 from 7.30pm at the Leeton library.
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