MU­SIC FOR CHAR­ITY

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BRIGHT teenager Harry Jamieson was one of a num­ber of young and lo­cal acts who had the op­por­tu­nity to per­form dur­ing this year’s Bright Days fes­ti­val over the week­end. The 17-year-old took to the stage on Sun­day af­ter­noon while bands in­clud­ing The Screamin’ Ea­gles, Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra and Dragon per­formed to thou­sands of peo­ple who again packed into Howitt Park for the three-day event that raises money for the he DE­BRA Foun­da­tion (Dys­trophic Epi­der­mol­y­sis Bul­losa Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion) and SUDC (Sud­den Un­ex­plained Death in Child­hood).

“JUST as many peo­ple, and even more com­mu­nity spirit”.

That’s the ver­dict af­ter the sixth Bright Days fes­ti­val wrapped up over the week­end.

Brighter Days vice pres­i­dent Ja­son Reid said the week­end of mu­sic, cars and bikes con­tin­ues to sur­prise or­gan­is­ers.

“The com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and crowds al­ways ex­ceed our ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

“The spirit this event cre­ates is amaz­ing, it takes a lot to or­gan­ise but it’s the great­est thing ever to know that and you’re help­ing a lot of sick kids.”

Bright Days raises money for two char­i­ties, the DE­BRA Foun­da­tion (Dys­trophic Epi­der­mol­y­sis Bul­losa Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion) and SUDC (Sud­den Un­ex­plained Death in Child­hood).

More than 150 vol­un­teers as­sisted over the three days from last Fri­day while Mr Reid said a large col­lec­tion of peo­ple helped with the clean-up of Howitt Park on Mon­day.

“We had prob­a­bly 160 vol­un­teers for the week­end which is just stag­ger­ing and had a great turnout on Mon­day morn­ing when we put a call­out for peo­ple to help clean the park,” he said.

Mr Reid said the week­end’s crowd were again sim­i­lar to last year with the Howitt Park precinct at­tract­ing a ca­pac­ity of about 10,000 on both Sat­ur­day and Sun­day night.

Along with mu­sic from the Screamin’ Ea­gles, The Chan­toozies, The Badloves, Pseudo Echo, Dragon, Jacuzzi Mas­ter­piece, Turk Tre­size, Shaun Klinger, Oz Rock Ex­press, Ja­cob’s Run, Raw Brit and Cool Change the week­end also in­cluded a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by Choco­late Starfish.

“Choco­late Starfish played last year and weren’t of­fi­cial on the line-up but sur­prised the crowds on Sun­day af­ter­noon,” Mr Reid said.

“We didn’t have them booked in be­cause they didn’t think they could make it and as soon as they found out there weren’t needed any­where else they were here.”

“They ba­si­cally re­quested to come along so that was just a real bonus for us.”

Mr Reid said hav­ing the Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra with 20-odd band mem­bers per­form­ing was a high­light as was the per­for­mance from The Scream­ing Ea­gles who are heav­ily in­volved with the event.

Close to 200 Harley David­sons and other mo­tor­bikes regis­tered for Sat­ur­day’s Poker Run and a ve­hi­cle cruise saw more than 100 cars.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

PHO­TOS: Justin Jen­vey

FAM­ILY FUN: Ross, Caitlin and Ri­ley Young and Beth Camp­bell re­lax by the edge of the wa­ter.

LO­CAL ACT: Alex Don­nelly and Liam Pack­ham of Alpine Bangers took to the stage on Sun­day af­ter­noon

GOOD CAUSE: Ni­cole Mizzi and Daniel Caru­ana had good view­ing close to the stage.

GREAT EVENT: Me­gan and Lisa Lawrence trav­elled from Wagga for Brighter Days.

DAY OUT: Pore­punkah’s Lisa and John Pryor had a re­lax­ing day in the park.

SHADY SEAT: Rian and Gabe Banks en­joy the af­ter­noon Sun­day.

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