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Grafton’s Jacaranda trees have attracted global attention. Credit: Keyko Design

Jacaranda Festival announces new naming rights sponsor

Leading Australian community service provider Wesley Mission has been announced as the Jacaranda Festival’s first-ever naming rights sponsor.

Jacaranda Festival Manager Mark Blackadder said the sponsorship is a huge vote of confidence in the annual event.

He said the Jacaranda Festival Committee is thrilled to have Wesley Mission on board and everyone is looking forward to working with them over the coming years.

“They are a fantastic organisation that does a lot for the local community,” he said.

“We rely on the sponsorship of organisations like Wesley Mission to make the festival world-class and ensure it remains a must-attend event for locals and visitors alike.”

The sponsorship commitment will continue until the 2024 Jacaranda Festival and will provide Wesley Mission with overarching naming rights.

CEO and Superintendent of Wesley Mission, Reverend Stu Cameron, said the two organisation’s philosophies of doing good within the community was a perfect fit.

“Wesley Mission is all about helping people to grow and flourish in their life, and to ensure they get the support they need, and we’ve been doing this in the local area for the past seven years,” he said.

“The Jacaranda Festival brings people together to celebrate what makes the area so special, and we couldn’t think of a more worthwhile event to get behind.

“We are very proud to be able to help bring the region’s most notable event to life, and this is our way of celebrating with the community, to bring everyone together.”

The 2021 Grafton Jacaranda Festival takes place from December 3-12.