Concert to help St John's Church in Rotorua rise from the ashes
A group of Rotorua musicians aim to raise the roof - and funds - for the fire ravaged St John's Church with a special concert.
The church on the corner of Ranolf and Victoria Sts was extensively damaged after a large fire tore through the building on February 8, caused by faulty fluorescent lights above the church's altar area.
The 'Rising from the Ashes' concert has been coordinated by Bruce Norman and is set to feature a number of local artists, all of whom Norman said were eager to help.
"The whole community is getting behind this idea," Norman said.
"If we hadn't got this nine artists, there would have been another nine."
Norman plays in the St Mary's Church group Gabriel's Presence and said that he was moved to organise the fundraiser having played for the St John's congregation before.
"We take our music ministry there and share it with them. They're a very open congregation," he said.
"They lost a lot, not just the building. I thought this would be a good opportunity to get other artists together and have a concert."
The line up for the concert includes Richard Anaru's Sunrise Rockers, 14-year-old Rotorua singer Anahera Waiariki, the Edward Brothers and the Rotorua City Youth Pipe Band.
Norman said the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust (RECT) have come on board too, paying staffing costs for the concert venue.
Norman said entry to the concert was dy donation but anyone paying $20 or more would receive a complimentary CD by Gabriel's Presence and Acclaim.
He said he hoped the concert would attract upwards of 600 people.
"If we can raise over $5000 I think that would be great," he said.
The Raise the Roof fundraising concert takes place at the Bay Trust Forum, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, on Sunday April 2, from 1pm to 2pm.
A Give a Little page has also been established to help raise funds for the Church and can be found online at https://givealittle.co.nz/org/stjohnsrotorua.