Red frogs, schoolies hub, fundraising. Byron Bay gets ready.
EXAMS are over and final year students have been 'released' from 12 years of school and Byron Bay is getting ready.
The Byron Schoolies Safety Response starts this Friday, November 20.
It is expected that 10,000 schoolies will start to arrive from all over Australia this week, to celebrate.
The Schoolies HUB marquee will be erected on Friday morning, and will be fitted out over the first few days, with all volunteers undergoing induction from 4pm on Friday through to next Monday.
The Red Frogs, a support group for schoolies, will arrive in Byron on Saturday and will be at the Schoolies HUB from Saturday evening.
They will be holding their nightly free pancakes, chai and nightly music in the park with the Red Frogs DJs.
The 24 hour Red Frogs Hotline will be open from Saturday night, for the entire duration, offering various services to the Schoolies, including a walk-home service, pancake cook-ups at their accommodation houses and just about anything else the schoolies may need help with.
The Red Frogs Hotline is 1300 557 123.
For Byron residents, there is a Noisy Neighbour Hotline, hosted by the Holiday Letting Organisation, which you can call at any time.
The hotline number is 6626 6888 and is strictly confidential.
On Saturday, November 28 two young schoolies - Alexi and Adam - Schoolies for Schooling, will have walked all the way from Bondi and will be arriving in Byron, raising funds to build schools in Timor-Leste.
To celebrate their arrival, there will be a 'Welcome Pool Party and Seafood BBQ' at the Byron Pool for 150 people, donated by Fishheads.
Tickets will be on sale in the Schoolies HUB, and are just $10 ($30 value) with the proceeds being split between Schoolies for Schooling and the Byron Schoolies HUB for next year.
All of Byron is invited to come along.
There is also a monster raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.