The community of Bendigo and visitors to the Easter Festival have wholeheartedly embraced the Chinese participation in the Easter festivities since the 1870s. The appearance of an Imperial Dragon at the Bendigo Easter Festival is the highlight of Australia’s oldest continuous community festival.
Easter in Bendigo would not be the same without an Imperial Dragon.
It is estimated that the project to bring a new dragon and its attendant processional regalia to Bendigo will cost in the vicinity of $500,000.
The Preservation Needs Assessment conducted on our famous existing dragon, Sun Loong, has been completed and the cost of restoration estimated at $250,000. The time required to properly restore and conserve Sun Loong would mean his absence from the Easter Gala Parade for at least two years. The hasty refurbishment of Sun Loong is not an option and so we urgently need a new Imperial Dragon to guarantee continuity of the Chinese contribution to Bendigo’s annual Easter Parade.
The fundraising campaign for Dai Gum Loong will provide opportunity for the people and businesses of Bendigo and beyond to contribute at various levels of commitment to bring a new Imperial Dragon to the streets of Bendigo at Easter in 2018.
You can use this web site to make a donation that suits you or your company’s circumstances or you can visit any branch of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank throughout Australia, where you can donate through the Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation.
Alternatively, you can call into the Golden Dragon Museum at 1-11 Bridge St, Bendigo between 9.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sundays. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and receipts will be forwarded to donors.