Holly Kimber organised the concert to help raise funds for people affected by the Australian bushfires

Community extends charity

by Andy Bryenton

Hororata resident and singer-songwriter Holly Kimber along with her band Chilton House, artist Lisa Baxter and the South Street Blues band presented a concert to raise funds to support the Australian Bushfire victims at the Hororata Domain.

“I came up with the idea because living here in Hororata we have an understanding of what it must be like for the Australians at this time,” says Holly.

“I wanted to have a way for people to be able to donate, and I connected with the Sydney Rotary Club. We raised more than $2,500 with many people coming especially to donate to the appeal. People sat together under the oak tree with picnic chairs and blankets and there were a lot of older folk from Hororata, Windwhistle and Colgate who came to support us. It was so nice to see.”

The food vendors donated 40 per cent of their takings from the day.

“We were given the use of a truck as our stage, and Cindy Driscoll helped us organise the event. We played Abba and Kiwi tunes as well as classic dance party songs. The audience did a lot of toe-tapping for the blues band, and we are really thankful to everyone who came along.

“We couldn’t have done it without the band members donating their time.

We are pleased it went so positively to help our Australian neighbours in their time of need.

“With such short notice, it shows how keen our community is to back charity events.

“It shows what sort of giving community we have here in Selwyn.”