Santa Cruz - Cruise Night - December 2013
Santa Cruz has become the biggest turnout of chrome bumper cars and people of any monthly cruise night every year and 2013 was no exception. Even though the weather guys decided overnight that we’d be exposed to showers, which we did get and possible thunderstorms, which fortunately we didn’t, we had well over 500 cars and 2000 plus adults and kids cruise in. The car park was filling quickly from 5pm. The crew from the Sober Mule were soon busy keeping hunger at bay and the snags were flying off Rotary Club’s BBQ. There was even a scout group making fairy floss on glow sticks. Mushroom was supplying musical entertainment from the Bendigo Bank stage, Max the Magician was doing the same roving around the crowd and Louise the face painter was busy transforming little faces with her artistic skills. At 7pm, the long awaited arrival of Santa was announced with the clanging of his bell as he cruised in seated in the back of a Chevelle convertible. After being mobbed, Santa was soon settled in on his special seat and busy taking notes of what all the kids were hoping to receive this Christmas. There may be a few challenges for some parents as a result! The long line took a while to get through but eventually Santa had his secret conversations with all the kids present and it was time to leave.
While the whole objective behind Santa Cruz is about hosting an enjoyable Christmas themed event for every member of the family, from the very young through to grandparents, it’s also about breathing life into ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ and giving to less fortunate. The Christmas tree raffle run on this night raises some much needed funds for some very deserving people or organizations. This year we were delighted to be able to present cheques for $1500 to Heather representing the Mornington Park Primary Breakfast program, and Jo representing Breast Intentions that support cancer suffers on the Peninsula. If you bought a raffle ticket and didn’t win a prize, please think about how your $5 is making possible the great work people such as Heather and Jo do in the community.
We wrapped up another great Santa Cruz by firstly, finding 5 lucky Cruisers who shared in a large prize pool. Then it was time to draw the winners of the Christmas Tree Raffle. The first two winners went home with highly decorated Christmas trees, kid’s bikes, overflowing hampers, vouchers and more. Another four consolation winners were all smiles as they struggled to carry their hampers, bikes, kid’s scooters and more down from the stage on the Shannons Rig.
As any group that runs these sort of events know, it does take a fair amount of pre event planning and preparation as well as work on the night to host this scale of event. But most of all, you need a lot of support from many people and organizations to do it successfully and our thanks to the following who enabled us to host this year’s Santa Cruz:
- The Peninsula Homemaker Centre
- The Mt Martha Rotary Club
- The Mt Martha Bendigo Community Bank
- Roger Thomas Jewellers
- Mark McDonald Auto Elec
- Chev’s Performance
- Tyres & More Mornington
- Coastal Signage
- Coates Hire
- The Sober Mule Café
I’d also like to thank the hard working members from LGC as it does take considerable extra effort over and above our regular cruise nights to bring you Santa Cruz for everyone’s enjoyment. And a special big thank you to Leisa Freeman who did a great job of making the two Xmas trees that were central to the nights raffle.
From all of us at Let’s Go Cruisin’ have a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to some more cruisin’ with you in 2014.
Alan Newton – Pres. LGC
Photographer: Graeme Hutson