Banding together for PCYC

Top: The Alstonville Concert Band will play its first-ever concert in Lismore this Sunday to raise money for the PCYC, which was badly damaged in last Octobers hailstorm. Above: The Lismore City Pipe Band will also be performing.

The PCYC has re-opened now that damage from Octobers hailstorm has been repaired, but the ordeal has left the community organisation around $50,000 out of pocket.

To help offset this loss, local musician Jim Hawkins has gathered together three big bands to perform in a gala charity concert this Sunday, February 24, at the Lismore Workers Club.

Jim is a member of the Alstonville Concert Band and Sundays gig will be the first time they have ever performed to a Lismore audience. Joining them will be the Lismore City Pipe Band and the Northern Rivers Big Band, which has re-formed especially for this fundraising event, plus guest vocalist Dean Doyle.

The hailstorm cost the PCYC around $250,000. Of course, our insurance covered most of that but we are down about $25,000 due to loss of trading and our insurance excess was another $25,000. For a small organisation like ours, a loss of $50,000 is huge, PCYC manager Mark Greig said. I think its bloody wonderful that all these musicians are donating their talent and time to help get the PCYC back on its feet, that level of community support is very heartening. Jim tells me its the first time ever that three big bands have played together in Lismore, so it should be pretty special.

The concert kicks off at 2pm and tickets are $10/8 at the door.


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