Arguably the most iconic show food, the Ekka Sundaes are back bringing joy to tastebuds and raising funds for medical research.
For the last 34 years, The Common Good (previously known as the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) has been serving up the Ekka Strawberry Sundaes. More than a tasty treat, each Strawberry Sundae sold helps to fund life changing research for The Common Good.
An Ekka staple, the Sundae consists of a cone with 5 layers – smooth vanilla ice cream, fresh Queensland strawberries, a large scoop of strawberry ice cream, swirls of fresh cream topped off with a whole ripe strawberry.
The Common Good is calling on Brisbane to help serve up the sought after treats, with 200-300 volunteers urgently needed.
96five’s Ken and Nicky caught up with Michael Hornby, CEO of The Common Good to celebrate the return of the Ekka Sundaes. Michael also thanked the 96five community for their support during two years of Ekka cancellations.
“The reason we’re able to raise so much funding is because of the generosity of people donating their time, our volunteers who really do all the hard work over the 9 days of Ekka” Michael Hornby, CEO of The Common Good
“I should actually change that to ‘fun-work’. Working in serveries, having a laugh, singing a song, getting to meet new people and just enjoying the occasion”.
Michael explained that volunteers will receive free entry to the Ekka with training for a 5 hour shift. Most importantly, you’ll get to enjoy your own sundae.
Sundaes with Significance
Michael also shared about the impact the sundaes are having on medical research through The Common Good.
“We’re championing the areas of heart and lung disease, dementia and also mental health issues” Michael shared.
“We’re really proud that the team we back right here have made some amazing breakthroughs over the past year… revolutionising heart transplantation here in Australia.”
To learn more about work of The Common Good and to enquire about volunteering, get in touch via the website.