Heavenly birthday for Pollys

Heavenly birthday for Pollys

Long-running community organisation the Pollys Club will celebrate its 46th birthday with a party at the Roundhouse, University of NSW, on Saturday, August 28.

Called ‘Heavenly Creatures’, the party will be a relaxed evening of drag shows, dancing and some very generous fundraising handouts.

“It’s the most successful fundraising event we hold each year, and also the most popular — we expect up to around 7-800 people at the dance,” drag queen Miss Lulu, entertainment producer for the event, told Sydney Star Observer.

Funds raised during the year at other Pollys events have been pooled into a $15,000 kitty which the Pollys committee will hand out on the night as community grants to other charity organisations or individuals in need of help. Pollys had 12 applications for funding, and the final decision on the division of the funds will be made at a meeting on Wednesay night.

Many Pollys attendees will be there for the entertainment, including the Heavenly Creatures drag show, helmed by Lulu, who promised it would live up to its name.

“It’s about believing, about dreams… there’s a religious touch and a sexy touch too,” she said.

Asked for her own theories as to why the organisation was still flourishing almost half a century since its 1964 inception, Lulu pointed to the community spirit of the events.

“People come looking for something different. It’s a very mixed group of people, from 18 to 80, and it’s a mixture of gay, transgender, straight friends and family.

“You can request whatever you want from the DJ, you can BYO food and alcohol, and it’s all very relaxed.

“Even the drag show is nothing you’d see on Oxford St — we’re amateurs and people just come for a laugh. Some are really good, and some are tragic, but they’re all a good laugh.”

A longtime member of Pollys, Lulu said the club was in a good position for the future, with an influx of new attendees in recent years.

“Pollys has become my family. In the 12 years that I’ve been involved, I’ve seen it change from a predominantly older crowd to a lot more fresh blood — we’ve seen a huge change with a lot of younger people coming along to each party, which is fantastic. They’re the ones who’ll keep Pollys going strong.”

info: Pollys Club Heavenly Creatures, August 28, UNSW Roundhouse. Tickets: www.thepollysclub.com.au or phone 9557 6739.

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