Jamie McDell rocks Brighton

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Brighton community swayed together at a fundraising concert over Easter in support of rebuilding its local Surf Life Saving Club.

Around 800 people turned up to Brighton Domain in Dunedin on March 30 for a community music fundraising evening headlined by singer/songwriter and Surf Life Saving ambassador Jamie McDell. Other acts included Up & Running, The Threads and GG & Flanders.

Brighton Surf Life Saving Club president Scott Weatherall says it was a fantastic turnout which helped to raise $4000 towards rebuilding the Brighton SLSC and Community Facility- a project which is costing around $460,000.

Mr Weatherall says it was a privilege to have Jamie spend the day with some of the club's members and then be the main act at the concert. "Jamie had so much time for our clubbies, meeting them and signing autographs. We are so grateful that she gave up her time to perform for our community and we would welcome her back any day!" he says.

Through a lot of hard work, Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has already raised around $170,000 towards rebuilding a purpose built Surf Life Saving Club and Community Facility that will cater for a significant community need for the next 30 plus years.

Mr Weatherall says they hope to have it finished in time for the club's 75th birthday celebrations over Labour weekend. This is not just a project for our club members but for the close knit community of Brighton, he says. "We see that this new club will become a significant asset to our community, a community facility that will be available to community groups to utilise," he says.

Next on the fundraising agenda is a community garage sale, selling firewood and selling bricks for the new building as part of the 'Buy a Brick Programme.' People can become part of history by purchasing a block with their family, individual, or company name engraved on it. The blocks will form the foundation of the new building in pride of place for generations to see.

For more information about the project, to buy bricks, or to make a donation click here or contact Scott Weatherall on 0274 404 700.

To watch a video about the project visit click here (You Tube)

Credit Micle Newman Jamie McDell performs at a fundraiser for the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club. Photo: Michele Newman