NEEDING A RELIEF
An impressive line-up of musicians will do their thing on Saturday in the hope of raising muchneeded funds for Nepal’s earthquake victims
Eighteen months on from the devastating earthquakes in Nepal that claimed nearly 9000 lives and left 3.5 million homeless, efforts to help alleviate hardship still endured by its people continues.
This Saturday evening around the World Peace Stupa at Crystal Castle in Mullumbimby, a diverse line up of world-class talent headed by Emmy winning singer-songwriter Toni Childs will put on a show to do their bit for Nepal.
Childs’ hits such as “Don’t Walk Away”, “I’ve Got To Go Now” and her remake of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross” have kept her at the top of the global charts since 1988, so is sure to be a crowdpleaser for all the family.
Also gracing the Stupa Stage will be Sacred Earth, whose ambient sounds have seen them move more than a quarter of a million albums.
MC Nyck Jeans will also welcome the Grammynominated Dave Stringer, whose blend of Indian mysticism, groove-oriented gospel and Appalachian harmonies have made him a firm favourite on the global music circuit.
And armed with just a microphone, Australia’s beatbox extraordinaire Tom Thum will liven things up and get the crowd grooving.
On Tuesday, Crystal Castle’s Naren and Toby King along with Paulo Thiago from Tents to Nepal will travel to the South Asian country, on their own dime, to oversee support projects including the rebuilding of schools and a damaged Buddhist nunnery. They will also research areas of need as they trek through the Langtang region where two-thirds of the community were lost to a giant landslide caused by the earthquakes.
“Last year, thanks to the Byron community, we raised more than $65,000,” Naren says.
“With that we built shelters for hundreds, ran a medical camp, a child trauma program and did relief work with the Schechen Monastery monks.
“We have seen first hand the sadness and despair and are hoping that our wonderful Byron community can help these people who are so in need yet are still, incredibly, smiling.” Rebuild Nepal Benefit Concert, Saturday, World Peace Stupa, Crystal Castle, Mullumbimby. Tickets $65.30 through oztix.com.au. Gates open 3pm, concludes 9pm. Please bring rugs to sit on.
Musician Toni Childs was born in the US but now resides in Tallebudgera.