Music night will raise funds in honour of loved ones lost

STRUMMING UP SUPPORT: Darren Porter is holding a blues music night to raise funds for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
STRUMMING UP SUPPORT: Darren Porter is holding a blues music night to raise funds for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. David Nielsen

INSPIRED by the loss of two family members and his best friend in recent years, Darren Porter will combine his love of music and cycling to raise funds for cancer research.

The blues fan and bassist is bringing a few mates together for a three-hour show at Brothers Leagues Club on July 18, which he hopes will help him reach his $2500 fundraising goal for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Mr Porter is training for the 200km event, in which riders travel from Brisbane to Wivenhoe Dam and back again over two days in August.

Funds raised from the event go to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

Mr Porter said the loss of his aunt, uncle and best friend were behind his decision to take part in the event this year.

His friend, Jamie Brown, died after cancer in his lungs spread through his body. He was only 43 years old.

"Cancer has been a part of our lives personally and this is about supporting the cause of research to find a cure," he said.

The six-piece band line-up for the concert at Brothers will include Kerry MacDonald on vocals, Andy O'Conner on guitar, Jamie Mac on harmonica/guitar, Ben Van Hassel on drums and Mr Porter on bass.

"The players are all experienced musicians and have an impressive CV," he said.

"Each has over 20 years experience playing live music and supporting some of Australia's hottest blues stars as well as international touring performers.

"The band members are excited to put on a hot, get-up-and-dance show for the worthy cause.

"All of the band members have lost relatives and friends in their lives to cancer and the event is a tribute to those lost and the hope that with the support into research a cure for cancer will be a reality."

The Blues Cancer Benefit Show will be held at Brothers Leagues Club on Friday, July 18, from 8pm.

For more information, phone the club on 3817 2999.

Topics:  brothers leagues club ride to conquer cancer

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