Drew­boy and the Sax Ad­dicts de­liver a wel­come sur­prise

Band checks in with hearts of gold

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GEN­ER­OUS: Drew­boy and the Sax Ad­dicts put on an amazing show at Beaches on Good Fri­day.

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