A big night to help the flooded


Everyone was affected by the recent floods in one way or another (and more severe environmental events will happen as the climate changes) so, in act of generosity a group of local musos has put together a fundraising concert so we can all help those in dire straits.

Fossil Rock, Dr Bob, Jabiru and the Rochelle Lees Duo will donate their time and talent to the Flood Fundraising Concert to be held at the Ballina Bowling Club (in Cherry Street) next Thursday, February 3, from 8-11.30pm.

The event is the brainchild of Garry Lavercombe and fellow band members of Fossil Rock.

“We’re very lucky in this area we missed big floods this time round. The fundraiser is just a contribution we can make,” Garry said. “Myself and the guys in Fossil Rock have always put our hands up when we can do something to help in situations like these.”

Fossil Rock organised a big gig at the Ballina Amphitheatre for the Victorian Fire Appeal, so it’s no surprise the band has organised this event to help flood victims.

As well as the entertainment provided by these well known local acts there are HUGE prizes to be won in raffles on the night. There are over $6000 worth of prizes that have been donated by local business and sympathetic locals.

Garry approached the Ballina Bowling Club and secretary manager David Brann was inspired.

“David’s been the chief organiser of getting the raffle prizes together. Rather than a donation bucket at the door, people can now win a lot of great prizes thanks to the generosity of local businesses,” Garry said.

There’s some interesting prizes – a cricket bat used and signed by Adam Gilchrist, a Tamworth country music package put together by Troy Cassar-Daley, holidays, big screen TV, dinners, cutlery sets, wine…

According to Garry, the other bands performing on the night have always been generous with their time when it comes to helping people. And they’re not the only sympathetic musicians in the area.

“I’ve been approached by other bands and musos who want to perform as well but I can’t turn it into a two-day festival,” he said.

Garry’s hoping for “heaps of people, to win heaps of prizes, to raise heaps of money”. And have heaps of fun.

The money is going to the Red Cross via Clubs NSW.

Entry is by gold coin donation – but I’m pretty sure no one will object if you wish to pay a little more…

So, if you want to do something for others less fortunate while enjoying good music and perhaps winning fabulous prizes, then the Flood Fundraising Concert next Thursday is just the thing.

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