Gig to remember generous friend
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.
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.