Home' Aspiration - Friends of Woodford Giving Campaign : Aspiration 2010 Contents I ’ve had the honour of being the principal organiser
of the Woodford Folk Festival since it started in
Maleny in 1987 and have had the privilege of working
alongside many hundreds of great people in that time.
It’s been a journey rich in drama, risk-taking and
brinkmanship underpinned with the philosophy “Live as
if we will die tomorrow and plan as if we will live forever.”
Many thousands of people have contributed in our
In 1994, after eight great years at Maleny, we bought the
Woodford land and moved. Without media advertising,
the festival grew at a pace we could barely keep up with.
Buying the land and building the infrastructure costs
more than the festival profts.
In the lead-up to our 2008/09 festival, we were very
conscious of a frightening reality; if it rained like it did the
year before we were in danger of losing the lot. Peoples’
shyness in pre-purchasing tickets then left us vulnerable
and weather dependent. Our survival plan required that it
mustn’t rain. I can’t adequately describe the great joy we
all felt when it didn’t.
We survived and we’re over that hump. Now it is our job
to prevent it from happening again. We have responded
with Aspiration, a giving campaign that will deliver
continuity of the idea that is Woodford along with a vision
for it’s future.
This plan is summarised in this brochure and on our
Friends of Woodford website. We are reaching out
to those who love what we do. We are asking you to
contribute a gift of money. If you feel you have beneftted
from Woodford, I ask that you give generously. I wouldn’t
ask if it wasn’t important. In return I can promise a
heartfelt continuance of our energy and the honouring of
the principles of our 500 year plan.
Founder and Director, Woodford Folk Festival.
The Queensland Folk Federation Incorporated, a community based non-profit
organisation whose object is to foster the folk movement. The QFF is the producer
of the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming - Australia's International Indigenous
Festival and The Planting.
PMB 2 Woodford Qld 4154 P: 07 5496 1066 F: 07 5496 3196
The traditional Custodians for the Woodford land are members of the
Jinibara Nation. The Jinibara people are the registered Native Title
Claimants for the Woodford area and are comprised of the descendents of
Fanny Mason known as Jowalmel who was born in the 1840’s at Woodford
and Johnny McKenzie known as Wangiramu born in 1826 near Kilcoy.
This booklet has been printed on 100% recycled paper with soy based inks.
Cover photograph by Damien Quick.
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