Together for cause
❝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.
Phil Emmanuel on stage at Whitsunday SESsions.