Gig to re­mem­ber gen­er­ous friend

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

When Mt Eden teenager Max­ine van der Velden was killed in a tragic hit and run ac­ci­dent, she left many loving friends and fam­ily mem­bers be­hind.

But those who cared about her have made sure her mem­ory lives on. They have or­gan­ised a con­cert dubbed Max­ine’s Gig to­mor­row to cel­e­brate what would have been her 24th birth­day.

Mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Stephen Fitzgib­bon, Anna Cod­ding­ton and Jonny Barker will per­form and spe­cial guests will in­clude lo­cal celebri­ties An­to­nia Preb­ble, Siob­han Mar­shall, Harry McNaughton and Fleur Sav­ille.

A char­ity auc­tion will also be held and all pro­ceeds will go to the Max­ine van der Velden Char­i­ta­ble Trust, which gives out schol­ar­ships to help Auck­land youth achieve their dreams.

Han­nah Mar­shall, a close friend of Max­ine’s and a trus­tee of the char­ity, en­cour­ages peo­ple to at­tend the gig.

“I am re­ally ex­cited about this event and cel­e­brat­ing who Max­ine was as well as rais­ing the fi­nan­cial sup­port for the con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion of tal­ented young Auck­lan­ders,” she says.

“Max­ine was the most gor­geous, gen­er­ous friend and we hope to share that with as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

At the event there will be a raf­fle and bar­be­cue as well as the en­ter­tain­ment.

Items to be auc­tioned off in­clude an Ou­tra­geous For­tune DVD box set, sum­mer wardrobes from Ruby and Moneyshop, a bar tab with the Pon­sonby So­cial Club and a dress by lo­cal de­signer Sera Lilly.

En­try is by do­na­tion and all pro­ceeds raised on the day will go to­wards the Max­ine van der Velden Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

The trust was set up in 2006 to give schol­ar­ships to young Auck­lan­ders be­tween 15 and 20 years of age. Schol­ar­ships are up to $2000 and pay for a recog­nised course of study or pro­gramme or ma­te­ri­als in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, the arts, dance and drama, mu­sic, fash­ion and sport.

Han­nah says the funds raised from the gig will help the trust to give out more schol­ar­ships.

Mu­si­cian Stephen Fitzgib­bon will be per­form­ing at Max­ine’s Gig.

He says it will be a cool day.

“It’s such a great cause help­ing young kids to do what they want,” he says.

“Max­ine was such a great friend to peo­ple so it’s cool to be in­volved.”

Max­ine’s Gig will be held to­mor­row at the Kings Arms from noon to 5pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mount­e­den.co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

In mem­ory: Han­nah Mar­shall, left, and mu­si­cian Stephen Fitzgib­bon are rais­ing money for the Max­ine van der Velden Char­i­ta­ble Trust in Max­ine’s Gig at the Kings Arms this week­end.

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