A Glenside Music Fest that raised $2700 for Canterbury earthquake victims could become a regular event on the calendar. The event was held on Saturday evening, March 12, with only two weeks preparation.

Organisor’s Paul and Suzanne Hendry have a rural property in Glenside with a large lawn suitable for community picnics and landscaped stage for entertaining. Paul is a drummer in The Rock Factor band. He put the word out to fellow and his band colleagues quickly responded with Rough Copy, The Rock Factor, and Sam & Paul taking to the stage. Hirini Reedy was MC and a sensation on the mouth organ. About 150 friends, family and neighbours were there to enjoy the festivities.

The property is in the country with no street lighting. As twilight faded and the moon came up, Suzanne handed out starry bags filled with candles in a reflection of the clear star studded sky above. Disco balls and a laser light completed the effects.

Paul Hendry said the event exceeded all expectations. “We thought it would be something special if a little community like Glenside could put something on and raise $2000 but to do this and raise so much – people were very generous.”

A team from Paul’s workplace, The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority, put on a fundraising sausage ‘n’ steak sizzle. Other funds were raised by donations on entry and a cake raffle.

The money raised will go to Red Cross Earthquake Fund.

Glenside All Stars band

Glenside All Stars

Picnic on the lawn

Enjoying the festivities

The sound team

The sound team keeping it smooth


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