CONCERT TO RAISE FOR SES
IF MUSIC has the power to heal, then the Whitsunday community can look forward to some much-needed respite in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.
A benefit concert at the Whitsunday Sailing Club on May 27 will also raise money for the region’s SES crews involved in the cyclone recovery.
Brought to you by the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Whitsunday Regional Council, Tourism Whitsundays, at Hotel Group, the Whitsunday Times and ABC Tropical North, the full day event will include crowd-pulling acts.
Hosted by Studio 10’s Denise Drysdale, the line-up boasts the likes of James T (from Canned Heat), James Blundell, guitar legend Phil Emmanuel, Joel Turner from Beatbox and the Australian INXS Show.
There will also be light relief in the form of Paul Fenech from Fat Pizza vs Housos and a host of raffles and items up for auction on the day.
Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin “Butto” Butlin said the purpose of the benefit concert was “just to help out”.
“It’s the good thing to do – and to raise a bit of money for the SES’s around the region because the effort they've put in has been amazing,” he said.
“And it’s really just to get the town to come together for the day to let their hair down – whatever’s left of it,” he joked.
Anyone wanting to donate prizes for the day’s auctions and raffles is invited to contact Ellie Hanlon on 0408 062 816.
Mr Butlin said the event also needed a name and he invited the community to come up with the most fitting title possible. The winner will receive a three-day pass to the 2017 Airlie Beach Festival of Music and a CD pack.
Tickets are $20 pre-sale (through Whitsunday Tickets) and $25 on the gate. Under 18’s are free.
To name the event email editor@whitsunday times.com.au.
ROCKIN’: Phil Emmanuel will appear at the cyclone relief benefit concert.