Tragic link be­hind CaNZert

Central Leader - - NEWS - By MONICA TISCHLER

Deb­bie Kin­sella, Pa­trick Bourne and Ally Glen have a lot in com­mon.

Their love for live mu­sic is one, yet a tragic cir­cum­stance also binds them to­gether.

They’ve all lost a par­ent to can­cer and have friends bat­tling the ill­ness.

To re­mem­ber lives lost and to raise funds and aware­ness for Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand, Ms Kin­sella, hus­band Mr Bourne and friend Miss Glen have or­gan­ised a con­cert fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar Auck­land bands.

‘‘When you lose such great peo­ple it’s im­por­tant to do some­thing pos­i­tive in their name so their pos­i­tiv­ity car­ries on,’’ Ms Kin­sella says.

CaNZert is on Fe­bru­ary 22 at the Kings Arms and will fea­ture 12 bands in­clud­ing Re­cliner Rock­ers, Bru­tally Frank, CoReZ and Al Lavis.

Raf­fles and auc­tions in­clud­ing weekend get­away prizes will be held on the day with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward those af­fected by can­cer.

Peo­ple can also do­nate on the CaNZert web­site and the trio aims to raise more than $12,000.

Ms Kin­sella in­tends to make CaNZert an an­nual event, de­pend­ing on the in­ter­est gen­er­ated this year.

‘‘It comes back to the liv­ing mem­ory idea and that’s what’s so nice about New Zealand – ev­ery­one is will­ing to get be­hind a bril­liant cause.’’

Miss Glen says, sadly, many peo­ple know some­one af­fected by can­cer and are aware of what it’s like to lose some­one close to them.

Her part­ner Richard is also back­ing the R18 con­cert, which be­gins with a so­cial Hot Rod Cruise.

Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Ge­orgie Hack­ett says about 10,000 New Zealan­ders suf­fer blood can­cer and the money raised by CaNZert will help con­tinue its free na­tion­wide ser­vices.

‘‘We don’t re­ceive any gov­ern­ment fund­ing and have in­for­ma­tion ser­vices avail­able for peo­ple when they’re first di­ag­nosed or at any stage of their can­cer jour­ney,’’ she says.

CaNZert’s Hot Rod Cruise leaves Taka­puna’s Smales Farm at 10.30am, fin­ish­ing at the Kings Arms.

There will be two mu­sic ses­sions – the first from 1pm till 7.45pm, the sec­ond ses­sion from 8pm till 2am.

Photo: MONICA TISCHLER

United cause: Ally Glen, front, Pa­trick Bourne and Deb­bie Kin­sella are be­hind CaNZert, a con­cert rais­ing money for Leukemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

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