Friends create CaNZert
Debbie Kinsella, Patrick Bourne and Ally Glen have a lot in common.
Their love for live music is one, yet a tragic circumstance also binds them together.
They've all lost a parent to cancer and have friends battling the illness.
To remember lives lost and to raise funds and awareness for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, Ms Kinsella, husband Mr Bourne and friend Miss Glen have organised a concert featuring popular Auckland bands.
"When you lose such great people it's important to do something positive in their name so their positivity carries on," Ms Kinsella says.
CaNZert is on February 22 at the Kings Arms and will feature 12 bands with four of the acts - Recliner Rockers, Brutally Frank, Corez and Al Lavis - hailing from out west.
Raffles and auctions including weekend getaway prizes will be held on the day with all proceeds going toward those affected by cancer.
People can also donate on the CaNZert website and the trio aims to raise more than $12,000 through ticket sales, donations, raffle and auction tickets.
Ms Kinsella lives in Massey and intends to make CaNZert an annual event depending on the level of interest generated this year.
"It comes back to the living memory idea and that's what's so nice about New Zealand - everyone is willing to get behind a brilliant cause."
Ranui resident Miss Glen says sadly many people know someone affected by cancer and are aware of what it's like to lose someone close to them.
Her partner Richard is also behind organising the R18 concert which will begin with a Hot Rod Cruise to encourage people to get out and about in a social occasion before the concert.
Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand's communications manager Georgie Hackett says about 10,000 New Zealanders suffer blood cancer and the money raised from CaNZert will help continue the organisation's free nation-wide services.
"We don't receive any government funding and have information services available for people when they're first diagnosed or at any stage of their cancer journey.
"There are five national support workers who support patients and their families through phone calls or by just being there," she says.
Money will also go into a new research project with Auckland University.
CaNZert will kick off with the Hot Rod Cruise leaving Takapuna's Smales Farm at 10.30am before travelling to the Kings Arms.
At the venue there will be two music sessions - the first from 1pm till 7.45pm, the second session from 8pm till 2am.
Visit canzert.co.nz to buy tickets, donate and for more information.
- Western Leader
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