Donations flow for Bendigo's new dragon Dai Gum Loong
The Golden Dragon Museum today welcomed a $55,000 boost to its Sun Loong 750 fundraising campaign to purchase a new Imperial Dragon.
The Guy family has donated $50,000 and Strategem Community Foundation, which is supported by local financial services firm Strategem, has donated $5,000.
The campaign has now raised $187,000* and the Golden Dragon Museum is working towards its goal of $750,000 needed to purchase a new Imperial Dragon, Dai Gum Loong, and his associated regalia, and restore and retire the iconic Sun Loong.
Sun Loong 750 Committee Chair Richard Guy said his donation continues a proud family tradition of supporting the Bendigo Easter Festival.
”My wife Claire and our daughters join me in making this donation. My father was involved in the acquisition of Sun Loong and it is fair to say that dragon blood flows through the veins of our family,” Mr Guy said.
“When the fundraising campaign started, I was listening to the radio and John Lennon’s Imagine was playing. Imagine Easter in Bendigo without a dragon. It’s simply not possible, my family is delighted to have the opportunity make this contribution.”
Strategem Community Foundation Chair Chris Harrington said the foundation was pleased to support the worthwhile cause.
“Bendigo is famous for its Chinese heritage and as a community we proudly celebrate this each year through the Bendigo Easter Festival. The festival can’t be without an Imperial Dragon, so we are pleased to donate $5,000 towards this important fundraising effort,” Mr Harrington said.
“Like all Bendigo residents, I look forward to lining Pall Mall at Easter in the years to come and watch as Dai Gum Loong brings great joy to our city just as his predecessors Loong and Sun Loong have.”
Golden Dragon Museum General Manager Anita Jack said it was unlikely that Dai Gum Loong would be ready for the 2018 Bendigo Easter Parade.
“We are yet to place an order with a dragon maker, so we are confident that Sun Loong has one final solo parade left in him before we welcome Dai Gum Loong in 2019,” Ms Jack said.
“Our fundraising target is $750,000 and the museum will soon be writing to the State and Federal Governments to seek their support and will be asking for $250,000 from each. However, there is no guarantee our applications will be successful or if they are, that they will be granted in full.
“We have a long way to go but the Golden Dragon Museum is incredibly grateful for the donations received to date. The Bendigo community is very generous and your support is essential to the creation of Dai Gum Loong.
To donate to the Sun Loong 750 campaign, visit http://www.daigumloong.com.au/
* The City of Greater Bendigo allocated $100,000 towards the restoration of Sun Loong in its 2017/2018 Budget. There have also been additional donations from the community of approximately $32,000.