Twilight cinema in Stawell a hit

The Northern Grampians Shire Youth Action Council's first major event in Stawell has been hailed a success.

It is estimated about 400 people attended a twilight cinema at Cato Park, exceeding all expectations of the Youth Action Council members.

Rain held off for the screening of the hit new movie Grown Ups 2 and as a result of the fundraising efforts on the night, $1000 was raised for Movember.

This was achieved through beanbag hire and the sale of raffle tickets, merchandise and movie food.

Youth Action Council Chairperson Matilda Douglas said the group was overwhelmed by the community's support.

"We were really excited about this event and we are so pleased the community got behind us," she said.

"The weather wasn't as warm as we hoped, but it didn't stop families turning out in droves to enjoy a fun night out."

Ms Douglas said the beanbags for hire at the event sold out within ten minutes.

"We ordered 120 beanbags and they were all gone by 7.10pm," she said.

"Given that there hasn't been an outdoor cinema in Stawell for many years, we weren't sure how many people to expect, but we were rapt with the crowd."

Ms Douglas said the Youth Action Council (YAC) has a number of other events in the pipeline, including an outdoor cinema at the St Arnaud Pool in January.

"The feedback we've received since the twilight cinema has been fantastic and makes all the hard work and organising worthwhile," she said.

"You often hear young people say there is nothing to do in their towns. As a group, we are trying to change that perception.

"After such a successful night at the twilight cinema, we are really motivated to start organising some more great events throughout the shire."

The twilight cinema was supported by Freeza and local businesses.

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