THE good deeds of Tropical Fruits - a Northern Rivers gay and lesbian social group which organises parties and other events - has been acknowledged with an ACON community award presented in Sydney last week.
The organisation was one of four finalists up for the prestigious award, which acknowledges the community work of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisations.
The award covers the whole gamut of Tropical Fruits' activities.
Tropical Fruits co-ordinator Shane Duniam said there was more to the organisation than dance parties.
"We do lots of work in the community. We are not just about dance parties," Mr Duniam said.
Tropical Fruits runs a number of dance party festivals throughout the year, its signature event being the New Year's Eve festival.
However, the organisation's commitment to work within the community is lesser known.
Among the organisation's activities are Fresh Fruits, a gay and lesbian youth group with members aged between 14 and 23; the Northern Rivers Luncheon Club, for people affected by HIV; Crafter-noon, a craft group where decorations for the dance parties are made and the sponsorship of sporting teams.
Early bird tickets for the New Year's Eve party have already gone on sale and are going fast, Mr Duniam said.
Some of the musical talent planned for the next four-day festival will be DJs LADY K, Buck Naked, Feisty, Sveta, Kam Shafaati, Dan Murphy, Sandi Hotrod, Coxy, Pete Underwood, Elscorcho, 1iSAMURAi, Neroli and Kimo.
There will also be a film festival, art show, cabarets, a pool party and recovery party.
For more information or to buy tickets visit www.tropicalfruits.org.au.