By Sophia Joyce
The undead rose from their graves in Perth, slapping on liquid latex and fake blood to raise funds for the Brain Foundation.
The event started in 2012 and has contagiously spread across Australia, but sponsorship funding for the Perth Zombies has started to dry up.
The Brain Foundation is a nationally recognised charity that relies on individual donations, so they partnered with the Perth Zombie Walk to help fund research in neurological disorders, brain diseases and injuries.
Emma Belleville, Perth’s Zombie Walk CEO and Marketing Director disclosed to The Bounce News that the event that brings people out of their shells for a good cause only raised $1,715, which fell far short of expectations.
“We found this year a lot of the sponsors wanted to give us gift vouchers and merchandise as the sponsorship, which is amazing but when it does not sell or draw in donations we are left with giving items away for free.
“The Brain Foundation is an Australian-wide foundation [and] a lot of companies in WA do not want to give us grants if it is not a WA charity.
“Unfortunately, after totalling up yesterday’s tally we haven’t even covered costs for the event,” says Ms Belleville.
According to LotteryWest grant support is provided to not-for-profits to help them meet their goals.
LotteryWest Corporate Communications Coordinator Pina Compagnone says some events do not pass the assessment panel.
“When there is a high demand for grants, we need to give preference to West Australian-based events.”
Ally Galvin, 20, has been going to the Perth Zombie Walk for three years now, and has been improving her look from day one.
“I pretty much only use two things to make myself into a zombie, cotton balls and liquid latex.”
“It would be a shame if the event closes down.”
Click play below to see highlights from the Perth event held on the 29th of October. Try and guess which horror character was recreated.