Fundraiser blazes ahead

Martin Watkins and Brian Johnson are determined to do their part for the bushfire relief, banding together with local community members and organisations to organise a special fundraising dance party.

The event will be held at the Claremont Hall on Saturday 15 February at 7pm, with 100 per cent of the proceeds donated to BlazeAid.

BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation, works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods.

Working alongside the rural families, the volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed, seeking to also lift the spirits of people affected by the disaster and help rebuild their lives.

“We hope that many community members will get behind this local fundraising effort, with 100 per cent of funds being donated to the cause,” Mr Watkins said.

“BlazeAid is not spoken about very much and must be desperate for funds and we know that once we donate, the money will be there and working on the ground the very next day.”

In addition to support from the Lions Club of Glenorchy, local musician Lindy-Lou Bean has also jumped on board with the event and will be leading a group of performers including Damian Neep, Chris Norris and Susie Gregory as they entertain guests with music for all ages.

Coming from a patriotic family, Ms Bean said she had been devastated about the news of the bushfires.

“I come from a real working-class family and Australia means everything the us, so I want to do anything and everything I can to help,” she said.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Peter Gee who is well known because of his many years with the ABC.

The event will also be welcoming a dancing display by students of Mazza’s the Place of Dance and their dynamic performance is sure to inspire those attending to take a trip around the dance floor.

Glenorchy City Council Alderman Jan Dunsby, who has assisted in the organisation of the event, said it was pleasing to have BlazeAid as the charity of choice.

But she said the event was also very much about contributing to a sense of community.

“This is why we’ve kept the entry cost as low as possible,” she said.

“We just want people to come along for the sense of community, for the cause and hopefully they will have a good night and meet people from around their neighbourhood that they may not necessarily know.”

Admittance price is $5 or $10 per family.

Supper will be provided, along with the opportunity to purchase a bargain in the silent auction, or to purchase a raffle ticket, with multiple prizes on offer.

The latest details can be found on the Facebook page at https://facebook.com/events/s/fundraising-dance-and-musical-/ 2997199496980738/ ?ti=icl or by phoning Martin Watkins on 0407 505 697.

For more information about BlazeAid, visit https://blazeaid.com.au.

Caption: Musician Lindy-Lou Bean with event organisers Brian Johnson, middle, and Martin Watkins.

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