Vine rocks for Kristy

Everyone that came was supportive. - Liz Wright

ELEVEN bands, 120 patrons and several staff members rocked out at Golden Vine Hotel yesterday to raise money for the Kristy Thomson appeal.

Venue co-owner Liz Wright said the 11-hour event was a terrific show of Bendigo’s community spirit.

“Everyone that came was supportive,” she said.

“It exemplified the generosity of everyone, not only giving money but also time; the fact the bands, sound people and staff were prepared to give their time in stinking hot conditions for such a wonderful cause.”

Ms Wright said she and partner Mark Elliott were yet to count the takings, but said the door takings alone came to $1200.

She said the 43-degree weather added a few extra challenges to the day, but overall it she considered it a success.

Kristy Thomson suffered serious spinal injuries when a tree fell in Rosalind Park on December 30.

The tree claimed the life of Kristy's four-year-old daughter, Patiya May.

Funds raised from the appeal will go toward paying for Kristy’s treatment.

While Ms Wright and Mr Elliott didn’t know Kristy personally, the tragedy befallen on her family had touched them.

Mr Elliott lost a son, Nathan, 25, two years ago to an epileptic fit.

He has said he knows what Kristy and Kyle, Patiya’s father, are going through.

The Vine fundraiser was the second to take place over the weekend, with Grill’d restaurant raising $23,015 on Saturday.

Kristy Thomson Appeal committee chairman Michael McKern put the call out for more businesses to get on board.

“We have a couple of weeks left [of the appeal] and if people want to get involved that would be fantastic,” he said.

He said the appeal had so far raised a significant amount but was short of the target.

The final fundraiser will be an auction at The Exchange hotel on Friday February 21.

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