To­gether for cause

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

❝an It’s al­ways ex­pe­ri­ence for me, I feel very much a part of Air­lie Beach and I’m happy to be a part of it.

— Kieran McCarthy

Blun­dell said he felt right at home per­form­ing at Air­lie Beach.

“This is one of my favourite venues in Aus­tralia, it’s nice to see it in day time mode and I al­ways pre­fer to be hot rather than cold on stage,” he said.

“It can of­ten take a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter for us to re­mem­ber that we are a tight knit-com­mu­nity.”

Or­gan­iser Gavin ‘Butto” But­lin said around 2000 peo­ple had at­tended over the course of the day, with the event run­ning smoothly.

“Peo­ple are tak­ing pic­tures with stars and artists which is great be­cause peo­ple re­mem­ber those things,” he said.

“In 10 years time peo­ple will be think­ing ‘I took a photo with Steady Eddy at the Sail­ing Club’ and it is etched in peo­ple’s memories’.”

Around $40,000 was raised from Whit­sun­day SES­sions, with pro­ceeds for the State Emer­gency Ser­vices.

Mr But­lin said a ma­jor “thank you” was due to all busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in the event.

“Thanks to all the busi­nesses that do­nated their time their prod­ucts and their en­ergy to make the whole thing work,” he said.

“If it wasn’t for all of them it wouldn’t have hap­pened.”

Ma­jor thanks went out to Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Tourism Whitsundays, Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, ABC Trop­i­cal North Ra­dio, Tiger Air, At Ho­tel Group, Whit­sun­day Tran­sit, Fes­ti­val TV, Graphic House, Kb de­sign, Whit­sun­day Times and Teepee Events.

Busi­nesses in­clud­ing Hertz Ren­tals, Reef Gate­way Ho­tel, Fig­ure­head Hair Sa­lon, Elite Se­cu­rity, Proser­pine Sep­tic Ser­vices, Flexi hire, Air­lie Run­ning Club, Air­lie Scaf­fold­ing, Air­lie Party Hire, Dr 2 You, IGA Ju­bilee pocket, Air­lie Beach Mu­sic, Ba­con Earth­works and land­scap­ing, Plants Whit­sun­day, VAMPP pho­tog­ra­phy and Metro Pe­tro­leum were also thanked for mak­ing the event pos­si­ble.

PRE­CIOUS HEARTS: The Aus­tralian INXS Show rock­ing Whit­sun­day SES­sions.

PHOTOS: ANDREW PATTINSON / VAMPP

Phil Em­manuel on stage at Whit­sun­day SES­sions.

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