Holly Kimber and her band Chilton House are hosting a charity concert to support Australian bushfire volunteers

Holly sings for Australia

by Ann van Engelen

Hororata singer-songwriter Holly Kimber has organised a charity concert as a way for Selwyn residents to support the fire-affected communities in Australia through the Sydney Rotary Club.

“I have been singing for four years, play guitar and study music at Ara Institute of Canterbury. My band is called Chilton House — we perform chart-topping hits from across the decades. We have a great mix of songs and have a lot of fun,” says Holly.

“I grew up in Hororata and find it very upsetting to see the fires happening in Australia. We have an understanding of natural disasters and how a fire would affect us. We realise the men and women fighting these fires are volunteers. They are not working to put food on the table or pay bills and aren’t getting paid, so we chose to support the BHR Fire Disaster and Drought appeal, which is run by the Sydney Rotary Club to help.

“There are people who want to contribute, and I asked my band if they would like to help. They jumped at the chance and look forward to supporting our Australian neighbours. It will be a very community-based event with our band as the main act and South Street Blues Trio as well as other talented musicians performing.

“With so many people unsure of who to donate through, we have set up a bank account for those who can’t attend the concert — email hororatahelpingaustralia@gmail.com for more information.

“The concert will be at the Hororata Domain, where the Night Glow and highland games are held, on Sunday, January 19 from 4–7pm.

Cost is $10 an adult and children under 15 years old are free, but donations are encouraged.”