Gui­tar whips up cash for Yasi char­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Ryan Mathe­son

TOP BID: Dr Kevin Hard­ing, with wife San­dra, with the prized gui­tar he won at the char­ity auc­tion KEVIN Hard­ing walked away with a rare piece of Aus­tralian rock mem­o­ra­bilia at the Cy­clone Yasi Char­ity Din­ner and Auc­tion over the week­end.

Dr Hard­ing is now the proud owner of a Ma­ton gui­tar signed by Aussie rock stal­warts Pow­derfin­ger and Sil­ver­chair.

The iconic in­stru­ment was the most pop­u­lar piece of mem­o­ra­bilia on the night fetch­ing $ 4500 in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd.

Dr Hard­ing said the re­sound­ing suc­cess.

‘‘ I was plan­ning on bid­ding on a cou­ple of items but the gui­tar was cer­tainly the item that took my eye

night was a at the start of the evening,’’ he said.

‘‘ It was cer­tainly a hit in the hip pocket but at least I know it will go to­wards a good cause.

‘‘ The night was all about rais­ing money for the cy­clone re­lief fund so it was nice to be able to con­trib­ute to­wards that.’’

Dr Hard­ing is a Townsville-based forestry re­searcher for the Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and In­no­va­tion ( DEEDI).

He said the op­por­tu­nity was too good to pass up.

‘‘ I used to play the gui­tar many years ago but I don’t think I would be able to do much jus­tice with this one,’’ he said.

Jupiters Townsville Ho­tel and Casino and the Townsville Bul­letin launched the event to raise funds for North Queens­lan­ders left bat­tered and bruised by the mon­ster storm.

Lo­cal sports fans were also on hand to face off for a range of items in­clud­ing a Corey Wil­liams-signed and framed Crocs sin­glet, a grid walk, chop­per ride and safety car lap at the Townsville 400.

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