A BEECHWORTH bush dance has raised $20,000 for a youth education camp.
Mittagundi, in the Glen Valley area on the Omeo Highway, assists about 200 North East students a year.
About 350 people attended the first Mittagundi dance at Beechworth Memorial Hall.
Mittagundi spokesman Matt Grogan said people came from as far away as Melbourne for the dance.
“Mittagundi runs on donations and volunteers,” Mr Grogan said.
“That amount of money exceeded all our expectations. It will help more people attend the camp and help with the running costs.”
He said the event, organised by Denis Ginnivan, “went off” with a bush barbecue dinner, much dancing and music, an auction and “some wonderful speeches of appreciation”.
“It was a pleasant surprise to see so many people and it accomplished the aim of getting the community to know what Mittagundi is about,” he said.
The camp caters for people aged 14 to 17. They spend 10 days cut off from phones, electricity and running water and learn to work together to survive.
People who still want to donate can head to www.mittagundi.org.au or contact Denis Ginnivan on 0412 503 498.