Guitar whips up cash for Yasi charity
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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