Anthony Radaza is one of the organisers of the world’s biggest zombie walk held annually in Brisbane. He is a quiet man who doesn’t like to talk except when it comes to his passion for the Brisbane Zombie Walk (BZW).
Hello Anthony! Let’s start with when was BZW first organised and how you got involved in the event.
The Zombie Walk started as a small group of people who wanted to do something fun with people who loved the zombie horror genre. We’ve had a restructure internally with our members as it began to increase in size and popularity.
What is the goal(s) that BZW aims to achieve?
Our very first goal was to get like-minded individuals together and form a community, now that the Brain Foundation is on board, our goals have taken up a much more serious role of raising funds and awareness for the charity.
What do you see as significant values that BZW creates for the community?
I guess the biggest thing about the BZW is that it creates a sense of community. People who support this event are very passionate about it as well and we love that about our people. We embrace everyone regardless of race, gender or species – pets are allowed to join our event.
Why do you think BZW should be organised again each year?
To bring fun and joy to people’s lives and to also bring together the community, while also raising funds and awareness for the Brain Foundation.
How long does it normally take to prepare for the event?
Everyone in our team has full time jobs and juggling that with all the planning for the event can be quite a nightmare. My staff are the best people I have ever had the honour of working with and everyone pitches in to make sure we get the event over the line.
How many people are there in the team?
Our team consists of 15 members and we have a few volunteers helping at the event.
Are there any challenges that your team faces when organising the event?
Money is always a big challenge. We are not funded by any governing bodies nor do we fall under government grants. We work very hard in finding sponsors and other ways of getting revenue to help pay for the massive cost of running such an event.
What is the solution? How would you like the challenges to be solved?
Easy, get the local government or state government to waive our permit fees, road closures fees, police escort fees, etc. Let the zombies have their fun for just one day. But I won’t hold my breathe for that to happen.
The first time doing BZW in West End, what do you think about the community in West End?
I fell in love with the West End community and they openly embraced our event and everyone said that this year was the best yet.
Thank you very much Anthony and we look forward to seeing your team again next year, but for now have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!