Concert may be first of many

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Staging the Home Straight concert at the Southern Field Days Cowhouse Agricentre could open the door to regular fundraising events of a similar nature in the Gore district, Gore Kids Hub Trust president Lisa Sanson says.
Mrs Sanson said the aim of the concert, which had attracted big names such as Tami Neilson, Avalanche City and The Feelers, was to raise the balance of the money needed to build a public playground at the hub.
Mrs Sanson urged those intending to go to the concert to buy the early-bird discounted tickets before October 1.
She hoped this would be the first of many big indoor concerts held at the venue, which allows acapacity crowd of 4500.
Asuccessful first event would mean other organisations needing to raise funds could attract more headline acts to the district, resulting in ahuge injection of funding into the community, she said.
If a similar fundraising event was held every two years, the fundraising possibilities for large and small projects were endless, she said.
Hosting the concert brought benefits for the community and business, she said.
In addition to the concert benefiting the kids hub, organisers had paid other community organisations to carry out tasks such as waiting roles, setting up,cleaning and packing up, and catering for corporate tables.
‘‘That’s a few thousand dollars here and few hundred dollars there —that does have impact,’’ Mrs Sanson said.
The concert will be held on November 26, starting at 4.30pm and finishing about 11pm. There are 320 corporate seats, 2800 seated and the rest of the room is available for those who wish to stand.
There would be buses provided to and from the event, she said.
Organisers would provide transport outside the area if there were groups booked to attend the concert, Mrs Sanson said.
There would be about 10 food stalls at the event and the Mataura Licensing Trust would have a bar in a marquee.