Fundraising festival

The Rock Queenstown general manager Tim Lockhart (left) with X-It Youth worker Laura Cross, X-It...
The Rock Queenstown general manager Tim Lockhart (left) with X-It Youth worker Laura Cross, X-It Youth worker and Red Cross Volunteer Emergency Response Team member Fi Sawers and Glen Balfour of the Flaming Drivers on the Village Green in Queenstown yesterday preparing for the Haiti music festival. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
A music festival planned for Queenstown next Friday will raise money for people in need in quake-hit Haiti.

Rock 4 Haiti will see the local music community put their talents to good use from 12.30pm on Friday during the eight-hour festival.

The free event will feature the Flaming Drivers, the Lynch Mob, Eddie Ledderhead, the Skitzofrantiks, the GCs, the Vigilantes, Intergalactic Disco Movement and more acts still to be confirmed.

Event co-organiser Glen Balfour of the Flaming Drivers said the response from the community to the concert had been "incredible".

Many businesses had given time or services, with the Queenstown Lakes District Council waiving the fee for staging the event.

Local radio station The Rock had come on board as a sponsor and John Stapleton of Queenstown entertainment venue Revolver had taken charge of the finer details of managing the event.

Mr Balfour said the money raised would be given to the Red Cross.

"As well as donation buckets, there will be raffles and a sausage sizzle, courtesy of Hellers.

"Rock 4 Haiti will be offering a good afternoon's entertainment for a good cause, making it easy for Queenstown locals and visitors to donate to Haiti's earthquake relief effort."

The Rock Queenstown general manager Tim Lockhart said the entire country had been shocked by the images of suffering coming out of Haiti.

"While Haiti may be quite distant from New Zealand, as residents of a country on a fault line, we all realise that a disaster like Haiti's is not too far removed from what could happen here.

"Rock 4 Haiti is a great way for the community to band together to raise funds for a country and a people in a state of absolute desperation."

 

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