Since its inception in 2005, Opera in the Arboretum has gone from strength to strength with many memorable events and then in 2015 we held our Gala Tenth Anniversary concert.
Because of the special ambience of the Pearl Beach Arboretum, our opera event has gained a real status. We will continue holding this event into the future.
Following the inaugural Opera in the Arboretum in 2005, the proceeds from each event has been in the supporting our charity projects.
Opera in the Arboretum is the major fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Woy Woy and has resulted in the donating of many hundred thousands of dollars to benefactors including donations to Rotary charities and other needy organisations.
In addition to our main beneficiaries below, the Rotary Club of Woy Woy will donate $3,000 of the Opera in the Arboretum 2018 proceeds to the Bega Valley Shire Council Mayoral Appeal fund in aid of the bushfire ravaged residents of Tathra, NSW.
In 2018 the major beneficiaries of Opera in the Arboretum are Rotarians Against Malaria, Australian Rotary Health and the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)
A project partnership was established between the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University, QLD and Rotarians Against Malaria - RAM. Known as the Malaria Vaccine Project, it is determined to make the dream of a malaria vaccine a reality.
The Rotary Health Research Scholarship
In 1981, Rotarian Ian Scott was so moved by the impact of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) on families he resolved to set up the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund to support research on this and other family health issues. The name Australian Rotary Health was adopted in 2009 to reflect the broadening of its research programs. ARH is currently the largest non-government founder of research in this area in Australia. The Mission of ARH is to support healthier minds, bodies and communities through research and awareness . The Rotary Club of Woy Woy is currently raising funds to support a $33,000 PhD Research Scholarship to investigate mental health and dementia.
Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund
The Fund started in 2002 when South African, Hannes Botha, had an appeal from a pensioner in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, who had no food or funds. Hannes travelled the 1000 kilometres to Bulawayo to deliver the food. He saw that all the other pensioners in the home were also in a similar situation. It took him another 8 months to buy food to supply the other pensioners in the home. After this, Hannes started the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund. He bought a truck and started supplying 100 pensioners with food. As donations were received he expanded his relief efforts to supplying more than 400 pensioners. In March 2009, 3 trucks carrying 22 tons of food supplied 1600 pensioners of all race groups with a hamper of food. Unfortunately, they are only able to supply 40% of the pensioners needing help. The Rotary Club of Woy Woy are supporting this worthwhile cause by donating some of the fundsraised from ‘Opera in the Arboretum’ 2018.
Donations will also be made to Rotary Charities and other organisations in need of support.
Our sincere thanks go to our many sponsors and especially to our PREMIER Sponsor, CENTRAL COAST VOLKSWAGEN for their continued and much valued support.
Central Coast Volkswagen, 10 Laycock Street, GOSFORD NSW Tel: (02) 4320 0944
You can get to Pearl Beach by via various travel means and routes.
By Rail from Sydney, take Inter-City rail services from Central or Strathfield Stations to Woy Woy. Weekend bus services operate from Woy Woy Station via Umina but for Opera in the Arboretum this method is not recommended. Taxis are also available from Woy Woy Station.
Crommelin Arboretum is located within the village of Pearl Beach. For more information about Pearl Beach, visit - www.pearl-beach.com
By road from Sydney (approx. 95 Kilometres), driving north via the Sydney-Newcastle (F3) freeway, exiting at Gosford/Somersby turn-off Via Kariong or West Gosford for Woy Woy. At Woy Woy proceed via Umina following the direction signs to Pearl Beach.
Upon entering Pearl Beach turn right at the Diamond Road intersection and proceed to the intersection at Tourmaline Avenue, turn right. Proceed along Tourmaline Avenue, following the signs to the Pearl Beach Tennis Courts parking area, where Rotary parking marshall's will assist you with parking and also directing those requiring disabled parking.
Parking may be a problem elsewhere in Pearl Beach, especially the near vicinity of the Arboretum. After parking your vehicle, you will have a short stroll through the Arboretum to the opera venue.
NOTE: Be mindful of the convenience of Pearl Beach residents when parking in street-side areas. Please do not park in or across an obvious residents property vehicle access point.
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Opera in the Arboretum is an open-air and all-weather event and will take place whatever the weather, so remember to come prepared for all eventualities. Central Coast weather is full of surprises so we recommend that you dress with this in mind.
Plan to arrive early as the event will start promptly at 3.00pm and should finish at 5.30pm.
This is an open air event amidst the beauty of the native forest. We recommend you only bring director-style chair/s and if you wish, one small table not larger that one metre square (1 m2) and a picnic hamper and drinks and wear clothing applicable for the weather. If there is a prediction of rain, we suggest that the purchase of a plastic or bio-degradable Poncho should be considered. These are available for a modest cost from a host of retail outlets including discount variety stores. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the venue, out of consideration for other members of the audience they cannot be used during the performance.
Remember, in the village there is only the Pearl Beach General Store and Café and this is located some distance from the venue. So self-catering is recommended. Excellent coffee can be purchased onsite.
To those bringing young children, we ask that they be supervised and noise be kept to a minimum during performances.
A Doctor will be onsite and available, if required, for any medical assistance.
The organising committee, Rotarians and all others involved trust you have an enjoyable day out with family and friends in our home backyard. It will be a pleasure to welcome you to Pearl Beach to hear performers considered the best of what Australian opera has to offer.