We didn’t want to postpone! We didn’t think we would need to!….but as we pen this update, we are watching increasingly tragic news of bereavement and hardship around this country as a result of Covid-19.
Our hearts and efforts must therefore not be distracted from prayer, social action and empathy for those that are suffering…and so we feel that pushing ahead with our festival at this time, is clearly not appropriate.
Your entire Refuel team had incredible plans and solutions to make Refuel Festival work in a post-Covid world……but we now can only look ahead to a 2021 festival while we continue to do prayerful battle with Covid this summer.
We are so thankful that you patiently supported our determination during this time, especially when so many of you have booked holiday accommodation here in the north for the summer (see our note re this below).
We are also incredibly humbled and thankful for the messages from ticket holders throughout this lockdown, encouraging us to remain hopeful and offering to roll their ticket fees over to next year or even offering this years fees as a donation to help us carry all the initial costs of this years event.
Now that we are formalising our decision to postpone, we do pray that many of you might be able to do the same and we equally understand if you might need your ticket fees refunded at this time.
We had hoped that this fourth year of the gathering might have gathered enough head of steam to get closer to financial stability and we do pray that many of you might be able to stick with us until 2021 and to finally realise the God given promise of financial sustainability.
2021 is already going to be amazing!
Bruxy Cavey, Danielle Strickland and all our speakers that were to join us this year have agreed to bless us next summer instead! This is fabulous news and allows us all to focus and declaring the GOOD NEWS about what is ahead of us and to engage in a full year month effort to make sure next summer is the breakthrough year for Refuel.
Holiday Accommodation Bookings
If you have booked residences in Moray, we understand that you may need to cancel and we do trust that deposits might be refunded or rolled over by your providers.
We know for sure that the tourist accommodation businesses in Moray will be looking forward to restrictions being lifted and hoping that you might wish to commit to your booking and travel north anyway.
Note – we in no way wish to influence your decision in that regard but do declare that we would organise something on the week of Refuel2020 for anyone who wishes to travel north for a summer break despite the postponement. We do not yet know what this might be and we await with great interest what announcements will be made over coming weeks on what life will look like in the months following lockdown.
As you might imagine, with only a few months to go for this years’ event, we have incurred up-front costs that will compound the shortfalls that we continue to fight from previous summers.
We therefore do hope that you might stay with us for 2021 and we would be delighted to roll your booking over into next year. If you felt that you could donate this years ticket investment, you can imagine how helpful this would be and might actually help us develop 2021 further than we might otherwise have been able to.
We are already planning 2022!
“Lets do this together” – please get in touch if you have any queries
Craig & Denise Mackay
The Refuel Team