Port Lincoln City Band puts on farmer fundraiser

SUPPORTERS: Port Lincoln City Band members Kristy Strycharski, Rainer Story (front) and Jason Hennessy show their support for Eyre Peninsula farmers and hope the community can show their support at the Musical Afternoon.
SUPPORTERS: Port Lincoln City Band members Kristy Strycharski, Rainer Story (front) and Jason Hennessy show their support for Eyre Peninsula farmers and hope the community can show their support at the Musical Afternoon.

Port Lincoln City Band will help contribute to the fundraising effort for farmers on Eyre Peninsula with a charity music afternoon on September 22.

The band is raising funds to go towards the EPIC Charitable Trust that has been set up to pay for the baling and freight of hay and straw to properties in need.

City Band president Valerie Staunton said the group was prompted to act after hearing the stories of drought affected farmers in the eastern states, as well as hearing from Mentally Fit EP about those struggling across northern and eastern Eyre Peninsula.

“A lot of our members have farming ties so we wanted to do something to help,” she said.

The band will hold its Musical Afternoon with the Band and Friends at ArtEyrea, corner of Mortlock Terrace and Blackman Place beginning at 2pm.

Entry will be by donation and the event will include a wide variety of music and fundraising activities with afternoon tea to be served.

All donations raised will go directly into the trust.

Ms Staunton said the public were welcome to come along and make a donation that would contribute to a bale of hay or whatever the farmers needed.

Mentally Fit EP community development officer Lain Montgomerie said it was great to see the Port Lincoln City Band join the list of local businesses and organisations that were doing their bit to help local farmers.

She said the farmers they had talked to had expressed their gratitude to the support already received.