Top gui­tarist to play at Party with a Pur­pose

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KEL­LEY TANTAU

A man who has opened for Ozzy Os­bourne and Slash will per­form at Hamil­ton’s Party with a Pur­pose this Satur­day.

Kara Gor­don will head­line the con­cert, which acts as a fundraiser for a Hamil­ton boy with type 1 di­a­betes.

Lo­gan Bre­desen, 4, was di­ag­nosed with the auto-im­mune con­di­tion in Novem­ber 2014.

The money raised from Party with a Pur­pose will go to­wards main­tain­ing Lo­gan’s con­tin­u­ous glu­cose mon­i­tor (CGM).

The mon­i­tor con­tin­u­ously reads his blood sugar and sounds an alarm if his lev­els drop too low.

The CGM is not govern­ment funded and is made up of a three­part sys­tem: A sen­sor, trans­mit­ter, and the re­ceiver.

Lo­gan has been us­ing a CGM and his mother Zeta Bre­desen said the de­vice has al­ready come close to sav­ing her boy’s life.

On a trip to the beach Lo­gan’s lev­els dropped to a low 2.5 and the CGM gave Zeta the headsup.

‘‘If it hadn’t alarmed I’d hate to think what would have hap­pened,’’ she said.

Gor­don was ap­proached by Ger­ald King, a friend, and one of the or­gan­is­ers of Party with a Pur­pose.

‘‘Ger­ald hit me up and said we’ve got this cool thing go­ing,’’ said Gor­don, who hopes to not only help Lo­gan but to help other chil­dren as well.

The man who de­scribes his sound as ‘‘blues-rock shred with a punch to the head,’’ will head­line the con­cert as Kara Gor­don and the Wreck­age.

Mike and Tarn will be the open­ing act, fol­lowed by Sonic ft Black­ett, Coun­cil of Grooves and then Time­less.

Based in Auck­land, Gor­don fre­quently plays in Hamil­ton and all over New Zealand, liv­ing a ‘‘trav­el­ling gypsy show’’ life­style.

He’s played in Dig­gers Bar and Alti­tude Bar – the venue for Party with a Pur­pose on Satur­day night.

Zeta said she wanted to thank ev­ery­one who has al­ready bought their tick­ets to Party with a Pur­pose.

Kara Gor­don and the Wreck­age Party with a Pur­pose Alti­tude Bar 30 Alexan­dra St April 30, 7.30pm Tick­ets: eventfinda. face­book.com/events/ 497066393798265/

Kara Gor­don is per­form­ing at Party with a Pur­pose – a con­cert at Alti­tude Bar in Hamil­ton to raise much-needed funds for a four-year-old boy. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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