Bolivia to Blue Knob

Chris Aronsten is a world-travelling troubadour with a huge repertoire of traditional, modern and original songs, a collection of instruments he loves to play on stage (guitar, fiddle, harmonica, spoons), a big voice and an even bigger smile.

And he has a daughter, Lucy.

Lucy Palmer (who is well grown-up and has left her North Coast nest) and her partner Emilio work with disadvantaged kids in Latin America. Lucy and Emilio are currently working in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Bolivia. They have a registered charity called GUIA, which has set up numerous projects helping kids.

One such project is Quetzeltrekkers – a non-profit volunteer organisation that offers tourists in Guatemala and Nicaragua adventurous hikes to raise money for organisations that help streetkids and other children at risk in those countries.

GUIA also has set up a foundation that helps families with handicapped children, a carpentry workshop for kids at risk in Nicaragua, and are setting up a job placement program in Bolivia to provide education, apprenticeships and employment opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

This weekend Lucy is back home in this wide, advantaged land. But Lucy is still working to help her disadvantaged kids. There’ll be a benefit concert at Blue Knob Hall this Sunday, November 29, to raise money for the Bolivian job placement project.

Her dad, Chris Aronsten, will perform as well as The Slimy Brothers, Pat Tierney, Jamie Ashforth, Ted Tillbrook and special guests.

It’ll be a big night of local talent in a gorgeous venue for a global good cause.

$15 gets you in. The music and generosity starts at 7.30pm.


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