QITRC Gala Benefit

QITRC Inaugural Gala Benefit Meets Fundraising Target

2013 08 Quoin Island Gala - Facebook Cover v3 - Copy    Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre's "Under the Sea" Gala Benefit was a major first for the not for profit facility.

Over 160 community members attended the glamorous event, in support of marine wildlife care. We'd like to convey our deepest gratitude, as the event raised a total of $20,000 for QITRC!

The event was not only an opportunity to raise funds in support of the hospital's work, but also to promote the plight of marine turtles in our region, who've recently been under unprecedented stress from human and environmental impacts.    

The evening started with the harbour cruise from Gladstone to Quoin Island Retreat, followed by a quick beverage on the jetty to enjoy the sunset. Arriving at the venue, guests were greeted by mermaid stilt walkers, surprised by a unique acrobatic performance and enjoyed live musical entertainment all night long. The band got the dancing started early, and went well into the night!

Our "Under The Sea" theme was featured throughout the functions food, drinks, desserts, themeing, digital displays and all the guests got into the spirit, wearing ocean blue and other "Under the Sea" outfits.

Our major raffle proved very popular with a holiday to the Sunshine Coast up for grabs! The auction items certainly made a major contribution to our fundraising goal. And the lucky door prize winners were very happy with their takings! The best dressed competition was certainly a tough decision for the judges, with several homemade outfits, some fun props and lots of enthusiasm all around.

Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre owner and volunteer wildlife carer Bob McCosker gave all in attendance an insight into the world of turtle rehabilitation, and of the current conditions for these animals in Central Queensland. Many may not realise the true amount of time and commitment required to successful manage such a facility, and the volume and calibre of volunteers needed to keep things running smoothly. It is the combined passion of all involved that has resulted in such a successful, community run resource for our region.

An evening such as this couldn't have come together without our generous corporate sponsors, making the occasion and the fundraising possible; as well as our media partners helping achieve a SOLD OUT event!

With many people asking for tickets after we'd reached capacity, we are certainly excited to expand on this event next year, and already have an exciting theme up our sleeves.
With the ongoing support of our sponsors, our volunteers and our supporters, we will be able to continue to celebrate our community’s achievements, to promote awareness and to raise funds for the ongoing work of this permanent hospital facility.

A sincerethank you goes to everyone who gave their support to this event and those who continue to provide support to our cause.
Thanks to our corporate sponsors


Thanks to our event supporters and volunteers

Rod Kidd
Cartwright Films
Roderick Removals
Jeff Williams
John Kendall
Michelle Eggmolesse
Scott McCarthy
GSP Productions
Cake 'n' Candy
Just Frame It
Limestone Clothing
Only For The Night
Gladstone Pets and Ponds
Madame Spray Tan
Brett Lodding
Lauren O'Sullivan




“We were thrilled with our wedding experience on Quoin Island, where we were lucky enough to celebrate not just a wedding day, but an entire wedding weekend.”
Lisa and Brent Sweeney – Wedding Weekend

"My business GTC held a Team Planning Day at Quoin Island Retreat. I just can't speak highly enough about how professionally Richard and his team ran things. Richard had the day running like clockwork, we chose our meals (which were the best quality), had a conference room with water views and we even had the pleasure of feeding turtles, patting wallabies and Boof the dog. If you are organising an event, DON’T go out of town...go to Quoin."
Neville Hughes, Director, GTC Financial – Team Planning Day

"We had a great experience at Quoin Island Retreat for our company get together for the NRL final. The facilities are family friendly and staff are extremely helpful. All in all a great day was had!"
Jo-Anne Mitchell, FHMJV – Football Grand Final Party

"With an array of children's activities, not to mention the pool, live music and spectacular food, all in the ambient atmosphere of Quoin Island, the day was an outstanding success."
Robbie Skeen, CEO, Nhulundu Health Service – Healthy Active Community Day

"I really couldn't fault the day at all and found all the activities a great way to develop teamwork and challenge communication styles. Overall value of the day was beneficial and great for team dynamics and development. Any employee would benefit from the opportunity to do this course"
Mel Cope, McCosker Contracting – Team Building Weekend

“I’d like to thank Richard, Amanda and the team for organising and hosting my amazing birthday party. It was such a pleasure to have someone else do all the planning and hard work. The decorations you organised were amazing with all the special effect lighting and themeing, it certainly had the WOW factor and set the mood from the moment we arrived. We were very impressed with the flexibility with the catering arrangements, food was delicious and presentation superb. Everyone who attended raved about the party. There’s nowhere else that offers what you do."
Julie Churchward – Surprise 40th Birthday Party

"I want to thank you and all your crew for giving us such a perfect day. I know everyone enjoyed every minute of the day and especially Trevor. The weather even complied and was at its best. The biggest problem with a day like this is how to top it next time. Thanks again." 
Betty Laver – 80th Birthday Party

“I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for everything yesterday. Our staff have said this morning that is was the best Christmas party we’ve ever had!! And I agree.”
Natalie Cooper, Managing Director, Cooper McKenzie Marketing – Employee Christmas Party

“Thanks for your efforts on Saturday. It’s a credit to you and all the staff in the way you guys professionally handled the event. Once again, I sincerely appreciate all you guys did to make our Christmas party a ripper!”
Lance Backer, Ocean Tyres – Company Christmas Party

"If you are looking for the perfect place for your wedding, corporate getaway or just a romantic weekend, Quoin Island Resort is beautiful. Thanks Bob and Julie for making it the perfect spot."
Rhonda Scott, Rhonda Scott Photography