Radio fundraiser wows crowd

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 08:00 22/02/2014
Southland Times photo
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
Gore teenager Jenny Mitchell performs at the Country Radio Concert at the Workingmen’s Club.

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A fundraiser concert for locally-owned Country Radio brought more than 400 revellers to the Invercargill Workingmen's Club last weekend.

The concert raised $3500 for the volunteer-run station to assist with running costs.

Fundraiser organiser Bev Winiata said the concert had a "fantastic" reception. "I think we really do have a great listening base."

This is the third year the fundraiser had taken place. The previous two raised a similar amount for the station.

There were 16 acts who donated their talents free of charge for the cause.

Among them was NZ's Got Talent 2013 competitor Jenny Mitchell, of Gore, who was a favourite with the crowds, Ms Winiata said.

It was a family affair for the Mitchells with Jenny's younger sisters Maegan and Nicola and dad Ron also performing.

Jenny would have some competition from her sisters in the future, Ms Winiata said.

The success of the fundraiser was due to the strong local focus of the station, she said.

Invercargill City councillor and station DJ Lindsay Abbott was up on stage performing after recent health problems.

His highlight for the day was obvious, he said.

"Being able to perform after my recent heart problem."

The supporter turnout was very encouraging for the station, he said.

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