Movie magic returns to Murdoch for third season

October 5, 2016

Sally Kuman

Murdoch commerce student Sally Kuman said volunteering was a fun and worthwhile experience

Murdoch University is set to host a third season of open air movies with Telethon Community Cinemas returning to the Perth campus in November.

The latest summer releases and family favourites will be part of a packed film schedule, which runs from Thursday, 10 November, to Saturday, 4 February, on the leafy Lower Bush Court area of campus.

The Telethon Community Cinema screenings are run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, and the organisation is looking to recruit an enthusiastic crew to help with the next season at Murdoch.

The volunteers mean Telethon Community Cinemas can donate all profits to charities dedicated to helping children living in a health or physical ability crisis. Last season $730,000 was generated for charities.

Event Coordinator, Ken Gibbons, said almost $7million has been raised for children’s charities since the organisation first began in 2002.

“This season, Telethon Community Cinemas has decided to focus on children’s charities associated with the Telethon Foundation, including Riding for the Disabled Swan Valley and Edmund Rice Camps WA,” he said.

Murdoch commerce student Sally Kuman volunteered for last year’s season at Murdoch and is hoping to return.

“I really enjoyed the experience overall as it was a real family friendly vibe,” she said. “Everyone was in good spirits because not only were we having a good time, but we were also contributing to a cause that mattered to us.

“I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is even considering becoming a volunteer as it is a lot of fun and you meet great people.”

Sally said her duties included selling raffle tickets, working on the candy and drinks bars, and arranging the bean bags and rubbish bins.

“It was a great working environment as everyone was like minded and willing to help each other out,” she added.

“I’m currently seeking work experience as I finish my commerce degree, and the volunteering experience has given me the opportunity to see what it is like to give your time to someone else without being paid. Also through networking with fellow volunteers, many opportunities have arisen that I wouldn’t have thought were possible before.”

Among the films to be screened at Murdoch this season include family animation The Secret Life of Pets, comedy sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby and the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Sully. The program can be reviewed on the Telethon Community Cinema website.

Glenn Hamilton, Murdoch’s manager of events and sponsorships, said the partnership enabled Murdoch to connect with and support the community.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the public onto our beautiful campus for the third season of open air cinema, along with our staff, students and alumni,” he said.

“There really is nothing like watching movies under a starry sky, and Lower Bush Court with its native vegetation and gum trees, just adds to the magical atmosphere.

“And it’s wonderful to know that we are helping to support some very worthwhile children’s charities.”

If you would like to help out, please download a volunteer application form from the Telethon Community Cinemas website here.

Bean bag lounge hire will be available at the screenings and a range of hot food and drinks can be purchased at great prices both online or at the fully licensed venue.  No BYO alcohol is permitted.

Plentiful free parking is located next to the cinema site.

Telethon Community Cinemas will also be running outdoor cinema seasons at Burswood from 24 November to 22 April, and at Bassendean from 8 December to 25 March.

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