Volunteers to gain live music bonanza

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 05:00 28/08/2012
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More than 2000 people have already secured their tickets to The Volunteer Army Foundation's newest initiative, The Concert, by volunteering their time to help Christchurch.

The Concert is a live music event to be held at AMI Stadium on November 3, with more than 15 Kiwi artists playing for free.

Only 10,000 tickets are available and are exclusive to people who commit at least four hours of their time to volunteering in the city.

Yesterday, the 10,000th hour of volunteer work was registered on The Concert's website - the equivalent of one person working fulltime for five years.

More than 100 projects have already been completed, including tree planting at Willowbank, creating a BMX track and soccer field in empty lots throughout the city, helping the Salvation Army prepare food packs and cleaning up graffiti.

Local celebrities have also jumped on board to help the project, including Richie McCaw, who helped Richard Till cook lunch for the elderly in Avonside in July, and Erin Simpson, who helped build art installations at a new community park in Richmond.

Founder of The Concert Sam Johnson said there were still plenty of spaces available for those who had not yet signed up.

“The Concert is not just for students but for everyone living in Christchurch.

"There are 8000 spaces left for everyone in our city to experience the incredible value in volunteering and how easy it can be to make someone's life better.”

The school holidays were the perfect time to do four hours of volunteering, Johnson said.

“Our dream is to change the way people view volunteering and inspire a new movement here in New Zealand.

"Please get your kids, grandkids, friends and anyone you can involved. Four hours of time is not much for a ticket valued at over $100."

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