SUNFLOWERS FOR JESS: The Sunflower Festival

On Thursday May 31, 2018, Jessica Collins fell from her board while surfing at Snapper Rocks and hit her head, instantly paralysing her below the neck. On 9 February, the Sunflower Festival, To be held at Newcastle’s iconic City Hall building, will celebrate of Jess’ strength and bravery, while also raising money to support her rehabilitation and recovery.

The event promised to be like a Ball, but set at a far more relaxed pace. Tickets include a six hour beer and wine package, fine food created at our live cooking stations, live bands, DJ’s, a silent disco and plenty more innovative activities and installations that are yet to be announced!

There’ll also be raffles and auctions, but above all else, it’s a chance to support and catch-up with Jess and the Collins family – a night Jess herself is certainly looking forward to!

A volunteer surf lifesaver on beaches across Newcastle for more than a decade, for Jess – a bright, outgoing 24 year-old – life has revolved around the ocean. When she wasn’t giving up her time to protect the community at the beach, she was competing at it. As an incredibly talented swimmer and ironwoman, Jess has represented her state and country on countless occasions, at events across the globe.

Jess is determined to defy her injury, and once again stand tall and face the sun. The Sunflowers for Jess campaign aims to help her do that. And in time, she hopes to empower others in similar circumstances.


February 9, 2019

Newcastle City Hall



Live bands, DJ’s, a silent disco, installations and plenty of fun!


This is an 18+ event.

ALL money raised from the Sunflower Festival will go directly to supporting Jess through her rehabilitation and recovery.

Written by Newcastle Live

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