Drewboy and the Sax Addicts deliver a welcome surprise
Band checks in with hearts of gold
SPIRITS were high in Airlie Beach as Beaches hosted its ‘Cairns Cares’ gig on Good Friday.
Drewboy and the Sax Addicts drove to Airlie Beach from Cairns on Friday to help provide the entertainment as the community continued its recovery in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Band member Drew Brauer said the Good Friday performance was all about playing some original tunes and promoting a vibrant atmosphere at the venue which was packed to capacity.
“Everyone had a fantastic time, it was absolutely pumping and going off,” he said.
“We came down to play some gigs in Airlie for our tours because we just wanted to help out, we all know it could be us (hit by a cyclone) next time.
“I have quite a few mates that live down there and the main thing is no-one got hurt.”
The band didn’t come empty handed, presenting a cheque for $11,115 to the Whitsundays community.
The funds were raised by a few Cairns-based performers as well as some small business prize auctions staged last week.
St Vincent De Paul received $4000 while Volunteer Whitsundays was presented with the remaining $7115.
Volunteer Whitsundays member Tracey Lord said the community would have an active say in how the money would be used.
“At first I couldn’t believe their generosity but after meeting them and talking to them I realised they did it from their heart because they love Airlie and just wanted to help,” she said.
“We will keep raising money over the next couple of weeks and then we will ask the public what it would be best spent on.”
Ms Lord acknowledged the support provided from a range of people involved including Airlie musicians Tahlia Tabone, Aaron Saxon, Trevor Green and Gav Earea for pre-show entertainment and Des O’Neil and Steve McDonald from Airlie Beach Music.
“I think it would be good to thank everyone who came and all of those people who gave up their time for a great night,” she said.
“We also want the community to know we are still raising money.”
At first I couldn’t believe their generosity and after meeting them and talking to them I realised they did it from their heart. — Tracey Lord
GENEROUS: Drewboy and the Sax Addicts put on an amazing show at Beaches on Good Friday.