• Tony Bosworth

Hawkesbury Flood Relief Dinner by the River Concert tickets selling fast – get yours now

Aussie rock royalty will headline the Hawkesbury Flood Relief Concert on June 6 in Windsor, with more than 1000 tickets sold in the first 36 hours and over 2000 now in fans’ hands, so get in quick to get yours too.

Starring Shannon Noll, Dragon, Thirsty Merc, Eurogliders, Mark Gable from Choirboys, Jason Singh from Taxiride, local singer songwriter Imogen Clark, Kate DeAraugo, Lachy Doley Group, Rose Carleo Band and Lizard, and hosted by Ian “Dicko” Dickson and “The Duck”, organisers are ensuring all profits from ticket sales, sponsorship and donations go to those affected by the floods.

Held in Governor Phillip Park, performers and audience members will be beside the beautiful Hawkesbury River that caused so much destruction just under three months earlier.

Organisers Dave Wilkins and Jarryd Faint, of Dinner By The River, want to help their fellow Hawkesbury residents who have suffered bushfires, COVID-19 effects and now the one-in-50-year flood.

“The way the local community has gotten behind this event is overwhelming,” Dave said.

"I'm happy with the way the community is getting on board and supporting this event. We can't wait to see everybody on the ground enjoying themselves."

“The Hawkesbury region has been smashed in the last 16 months, with bushfires, a flood, COVID-19 then a 50-year flood; people are starting to lose hope. This is just a small way that we can help but a positive step forward so we are going at 100 miles an hour to create a fun event that brings smiles to peoples’ faces whilst raising much-needed support for those affected by the recent flooding.

“The early bird VIP allocation sold out in 24 hours and tickets are selling way above our expectations. We would really like to thank the Hawkesbury City Council for their support in clearing the way to help make this event a reality, we would also like to thank the acts, managers and agents for their swift responses to my calls for help.”

Top acts - L-R - Thirsty Merc, Mark Gable, Dragon, Jason Singh, Eurogliders, Imogen Clark

Hawkesbury City Council and Hawkesbury Police are supporting the Hawkesbury Flood Relief Concert and all the profits from ticket sales, sponsorship and donations will be given to Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) to allocate to those who have been impacted.

Organisers brought Rotary on board to ensure the money went to those directly affected by the floods, following the issues that were associated with the distribution of funds from some bushfire relief efforts.

Rotary CEO Andrew Woodward confirmed that all available funds raised from the concert will be directed to the community using the Rotary clubs in the region and using their proven track record of supporting disaster affected communities, including transparent allocation of where the funds will be going and who the funds are going to help.

The Richmond Club has come on board as naming rights sponsors with many board members there being with Rotary.

The Club – which was used as an evacuation centre during both the floods and earlier fires - so they have a database with names of those affected by the floods and there will be an application page on the website in the week of the event where people affected by the floods can register, if they haven't gone through the other channels such as emergency services or Rotary, or similar organisations. They can apply for some assistance via the website in that week.

Dinner By The River is also going to give up to 500 tickets to those affected by flooding in the Hawkesbury area. So if you were directly affected, or part of the Hawkesbury SES, RFS or first responders, log onto www.dinnerbytheriver.com for details.

Dave and Jarryd are ensuring full transparency and will be paying the artists, crew and suppliers, as the entertainment and event industry has been crippled by COVID-19 shutdowns. In this way, the event will also breathe life into these industries.

“The music industry has come to the rescue once again, with everyone involved being generous in the spirit of the event,” Dave said.

The event will follow NSW health guidelines and COVID-19 regulations.

Venue: Governor Phillip Park, Windsor

Date: Sunday, June 6

Gates open: 12noon

Close: 9.30pm

Tickets via: www.dinnerbytheriver.com

Donations can be made via the ticket link. Strictly over 18s event.

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