Raising hope for victims

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Concert for Christchurch organisers Jack Townley (left) and Chris Chilton ahead of the fundraiser for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Photo: Petrina Wright

INVERCARGILL musicians Jack Townley and Chris Chilton are showing their support for Christchurch in the best way they know how – staging a concert.

The pair are organising a Concert for Christchurchfundraiser at the Ascot Park Hotel on Sunday, April 28 with all proceeds to be donated to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shooting last month.

“It’s a great cause. It’s something that us, as Southlanders, can show the people of Christchurch we are all here to support them… and get the [victims] back on their feet,” Townley said.

After the terrorist attack he had wanted to help the victims and, coming from a musical background, he thought he could best do that through putting on a concert, he said. He approached Chilton and other friends and family about the idea and everyone he contacted was keen to get on board.

Chilton said since announcing the concert on Facebook, they had been “overwhelmed” by those wanting to lend their support.

“I was overwhelmed, and still am by what happened in Christchurch, and I think anybody that has got a heart and soul would want to support [the victims] in any way they could, and that certainly has been the case with this,” he said.

Invercargill cartoonist and illustrator Shaun Yeo had given permission for his crying Kiwi image, which went viral last month, to be used on concert advertisements and Bayley’s in Gore staff were organising raffle prizes.

Among those performing would be members of the Townley family, 2017 Entertainer of the Year winner Jenny Mitchell, Steven Hayes, Bonnie Turner, Simon Thompson, Brendan Mason, 12-year-old Nina Chilton and the Triple Shot Showband.

“It’s basically a group of family and mates getting together for a jam session,” Chilton said.

Concert for Christchurch, Ascot Park Hotel, Sunday, April 28, 2pm-4pm. Tickets $10, available at Ascot Park Hotel, phone 03 219 9076 and Little Fire Music Works, phone 03 218 8179. All proceeds will be donated to the givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund, the official Victim Support donation page for victims of the Canterbury shootings.

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