Support pours in for benefit

ORGANISERS of a benefit gig at the Manchester Arms Hotel say they have been overwhelmed by the generous response of people to help the family of Patiya Schreiber.

Rodney and Wendy Donaldson from Golden Square started the ball rolling last Thursday for tonight's benefit concert, and it has “just snowballed,” Mrs Donaldson said.

Her phone had not stopped ringing with offers of help. “We haven't stopped,” Mrs Donaldson said.

“But every time you think about how hard it is you think about what happened in the park and every effort is worthwhile.”

Cogho from 3BO is compering the night which will feature entertainment and an auction of donated goods and services from a growing number of Bendigo and Melbourne businesses. 

There will also be a marquee and jumping castle in the beer garden.

Mr Donaldson said he had never organised an event like this before.

“When I saw what happened in the park I thought ‘I have got to do something to raise some money for these people,’” he said.

Manchester Arms publican Andrew Quin said he did not hesitate to accept Mr Donaldson’s suggestion of a benefit gig.

“The way the community has come together is incredible,” he said.

The Rosalind Park Tragedy Fundraiser starts at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, the Golden Vine Hotel is also planning a 12-band rock concert, the Kristy Thomson Benefit Concert, on Sunday February 2 for the Kristy Thomson Appeal. 

Publican Mark Elliott said they planned to have bands all day from 11am to 10pm, with barbecue and finger food supplied all day.

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