How you can help save Lismore’s Tropical Fruits

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Image: Tropical Fruits

After the devastating floods in New South Wales recently the community is being asked to help save Tropical Fruits. 

The organisation that brings together thousands in the LGBTQIA+ community each year has lost nearly everything in the floods. 

But now you can help them get back on their feet. 


Save Tropical Fruits

How I found Tropical Fruits 20 years ago

For Mark, Tropical Fruits was something he’d never experienced and a new opportunity he’s glad he embraced, now he’s trying to help save Tropical Fruits.

He retells his experience of the first time he attended the popular event.

The anticipation of NYE always makes me feel weird, anxious even.

So much pressure was put on this one night to ensure the next year starts the ‘right’ way.

I almost gave up on attending NYE events as it was too hard to meet that expectation I’d built up in my head.

I was urged to go to this Norther Rivers party by some mates.

“You will love it!” they said.

“It will be your best NYE ever” they enthused.

OMG the pressure for the perfect NYE was back.

Walking through those gates in the Lismore Showgrounds I started to get the feeling my expectations may be exceeded. And, you know what? It was actually the best NYE ever!

A sensory overload with amazing music fireworks and lasers for days. Then the NY day pool party, followed by Recovery back at the Showgrounds was everything.

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Images: Brad Mustow/Tropical Fruits

Tropical Fruits is something special

There is a special feel to a Tropical Fruits party.
No BS.
No attitude.
Just a few thousand people with one goal, to have a fantastic time in a diverse and accepting environment. 

If you’ve ever been you know what I mean.

That was more than 20 years ago and there is no place I’d rather be to ring in the new year.

I’ve also been fortunate to DJ for the event on a few occasions and I’ve never been prouder to be a part of something truly magical.

Tropical Fruits is like family to me and I’m certain many readers would feel the same.

Never did I think we’d be in a position to need to save Tropical Fruits.

Help Save Tropical Fruits

Tropical Fruits was established in 1988 and prides itself on being a fun, safe & inclusive social club.

For more than 3 decades they have thrown the most amazing parties, exhibitions and fair days.

They have established Youth Groups and forged community connections that make the LGBTQI+ community visible and undeniable in the Northern Rivers.

With the recent floods that engulfed the Northern Rivers of NSW, our beloved Tropical Fruits have been horribly impacted.

The home of Tropical Fruits is their clubhouse the “Fruitbowl”.

This vibrant and self-sufficient clubhouse is a hub supporting diversity, accessibility and sustainability.

Unfortunately, the Fruitbowl was completely submerged and they have lost almost everything.

Of course, they will never lose their fruity spirit.

The Fruitbowl can be rebuilt but they need our help.

How can you help?

I’ve got together with a few of my fellow DJs to stage FRUITY BEATS to help save Tropical Fruits.

On midday Saturday the 14th of May we will take over the Wickham Beer Garden with some of the region’s best queer DJs.

Hosted by Paul Wheeler we hope to raise thousands of much-needed dollars with ALL proceeds going directly to Tropical Fruits.

Now is the time for us to give them the help they need. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Tropical Fruits party please come along and show your love.

You can purchase your tickets online HERE.

Alternatively head to the Facebook Event for more details.

Save Tropical Fruits

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Michael James
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