Film Society Grateful For Ongoing Support The committee of the Maleny Film Society (MFS) decided some time ago to thank Maleny Supa IGA by awarding the business an Honorary Corporate Sponsorship. Owners of Maleny IGA, Rob and Samantha Outridge have been long time supporters of the MFS having supplied food when required, prizes when asked and through the Community Benefit Club (CBC) pouring over $6,000 into the group.
MFS Committee President, Jess Begun takes up the story. “As part of this sponsorship, the Outridges are entitled to tickets to all of the film society’s screenings.One day I received a phone call from Rob asking me ‘Do I still have tickets to the movies?’ The family had never used their free tickets but wanted to go along to see Life of Pi. ‘Of course you do!’ I said and the family came and had a wonderful night.”
Jess went on to say that it’s typical of Rob and Samantha to just give without expecting anything in return. “When the Community Centre closed for renovations and we moved our fortnightly screenings to the Showgrounds Pavilion, we had nowhere to house our display cabinet featuring upcoming movies. Rob and Sam said “Yes, of course” when asked to help and the cabinet was mounted at the front of the store. Even though we’re now back at our Maleny Community Centre home, the Outridges are happy for our cabinet to stay put.”
The funding received through the CBC has been a great boost to MFS helping fund a new $65,000 digital projector and purchase other equipment and upgrades. “The Outridges have always been so supportive, but very quiet about it. They’ve never asked for recognition, so when they decided to come and enjoy a movie, we were thrilled.”
When asked what might be next on the ‘wish list’ for the MFS, Jess pointed out that most of the group’s physical requirements were fulfilled. “But we’d always love more members and volunteers!” Member benefits include entry to fortnightly films at reduced rates and an invitation to the free members-only screenings, which are held monthly. Volunteers enjoy wine and dinner together prior to each film as well as parties throughout the year… and entry to each film.