An im­pres­sive line-up of mu­si­cians will do their thing on Satur­day in the hope of rais­ing much­needed funds for Nepal’s earth­quake vic­tims

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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 Gates open 3pm, con­cludes 9pm. Please bring rugs to sit on.

Mu­si­cian Toni Childs was born in the US but now re­sides in Talle­budgera.

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