Nick Lynch has been the driving force behind a fundraising
concert being held at the Athenaeum Hall next Friday. Photo
by Tracey Roxburgh.
Nick Lynch, of Arrowtown - a member of popular band the
Lynch Mob - called a ''family meeting'' in July to tell them of
his plans to jump on the wagon until Christmas.
His primary reason was to help rehabilitate a shoulder
injury, which had prevented him playing sport for the past
''I just kept getting drunk and hurting my shoulder.
''That was my main motivation, to fix myself to play sport
''Actually, [not drinking] has been one of the easiest things
I've ever done.
''I said to someone the other day there have been a couple of
times ... when I wanted to drink ... but it's been pretty
easy - I've always had something to do.''
One of those thing was writing some original music with Tom
Maxwell, some of which was performed at a recent gig at
Laneway in Arrowtown.
His shoulder had also improved, enabling him to play cricket
and opening up the possibility of a return to the Arrowtown
Bulls rugby team next season.
However, one of his other aims over the past five months was
to raise money for the Cancer Society, in memory of his
father, Kevin Lynch, who died in November 2008 from prostate
The process was not as simple as initially hoped, which led
the family band to work on pulling together other musicians
for a special fundraising concert.
''The old man was the thought behind it ... so we ended up
saying 'What are the things that have supported us?''
Most of his time was spent at the Arrowtown rugby and golf
clubs and both were in need of some financial aid, he said.
However, the Lynch Mob still wanted to help raise money for
cancer causes and when Mr Lynch's sister, Emma Pullar, heard
the tragic story of 12-week-old Sydney Boden, the decision
was made to split the proceeds from the December 21 concert
Sydney was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the
abdomen, which has spread to her spinal column.
The Sydney Boden Trust was set up by friends to help the
Boden family with their daughter's treatment and travel
costs, to keep the family together as much as possible.
The Lynch Mob and Friends concert will also showcase
Arrowtown's newest band, which comprises former Exponents
bass player Dave Gent, along with Charlotte Graf, Leanne
Malcolm, Matt Antony and Andrew Turner.
Tickets for the concert cost $30 and are available from
Donations will be accepted on the night, but can also be made
by emailing emma@thelynchmob.