Mickey's Disco to say a final farewell

Flashback: The Friends With Benefits team at one of their early fundraisers back in 2012. Most of the committee have remained active throughout.
Flashback: The Friends With Benefits team at one of their early fundraisers back in 2012. Most of the committee have remained active throughout.

It will be the end of an era when the popular Mickey's Disco plays it one last time this month.

The Naracoorte-based Friends With Benefits group that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for people and organisations in need over the past decade is winding up.

Started by a group of Naracoorte locals back in 2011, Friends With Benefits has held a Mickey's Disco event as a major fundraiser each year, as well as other supporting fundraisers including a children's art club and regular movie nights.

In that time, they have raised a phenomenal tally of more than $100,000 to help people in need.

They have helped people out by paying for everything from food and fuel vouchers, student scholarships, household bills, medical expenses, mortgage payments, council rates and even funerals.

Virtually all of the original committee members remain on board after all this time and the group is still going strong, but they have now reached a huge milestone and they feel it's time to move on.

"We said as a group we'd do it until we raise $100,000, and we've achieved that," original committee member Karen Burow said.

"We're going out with a bang, so we want people to really support the last one."

The final edition of Mickey's Disco will have all the elements of the previous successful instalments, with old mates Scott McBain and Shane Francis in charge of the compering, using Brett Rumball's music machine.

They'll be supported by driving force Robyn Norman and all the other group members who have done so much over nearly a decade of fundraising.

It will be a big night of music and fun as well as a raffle, an auction and a silent auction. Funds raised will go towards the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Adelaide, with the cause inspired by the group's close link with local CF sufferer Jorja Crane.

The final Mickey's Disco event will be at the Naracoorte Town Hall on October 26, with tickets available for $25 from Robyn 8762 1785 or at Newsxpress newsagency.

The highly successful art club run by Karen is also winding up along with the FWB group.

Karen has been able to raise more than $10,000 a year in the last four years through the regular art classes at the Naracoorte Art Gallery, and while it is still going strong, she has decided to focus on other priorities.

However, knowing that the club is loved by so many, she would love to be able to pass the concept on to someone new.

The club has a regular participation rate of 30-35 children, and the group is asking for $500 to pass on all the materials and knowledge needed for someone to take over and run it for charity or as a private business.