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    2019 - 05.17

    TOP EVENT…Event coordinator Anton Lunstedt with Di Pech (centre) from the Wirrabara Progress Associaiton collecting the award for Community Event of the Year from District Council of Mount Remarkable mayor Sandra Wauchope.The Bangor Bushfire Relief Concert was named the Community Event of the Year by the Mount Remarkable District Council on Australia Day.

    One of the organisers, Anton Lunstedt, said the event held in March 2014 was a collaboration between the Wirrabara Progress Association, the Wirrabara Sports Reserve Committee as well as himself and other volunteers to raise money for victims of the devastating bushfire.

    In total, around $50,000 was raised for the bushfire victims, with funds raised divided between people who lost their homes in the Bangor bushfire, and bushfire charity Blazeaid.

    Mr Lunstedt said the idea to plan the concert came about because many people in the community wanted to give back.

    During the concert, money was raised through gate takings, stalls, donations from organisations, personal donations, auctions and raffles. On the night, a crowd of up to 2000 packed out the Wirrabara Sports Reserve, with musicians from Port Pirie, local areas and Adelaide entertaining the crowd.

    Mr Lunstedt said the concert was just what the community needed, following the devastating bushfires.

    “The whole community wanted to contribute to the recovery.

    “As well as a fundraiser, the concert was a way to say thankyou to those who helped fight the fires and those who helped behind the scenes.”

    He said the concert was a display of the community spirit and moral following the bushfires.

    “Everyone who got the concert together had their own lives, maybe they’d even fought the fire too, but they still found time to put the concert on. It was an extraordinary effort.”

    A documentary was also produced of the Bangor bushfire experience, called “After the Fire”.

    It is screening this weekend at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday.

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