Appeal strums up support
AN ELECTRIC guitar, dyed hair, punk rockers and art gallery co-ordinators ... this wasn’t your normal Monday afternoon meeting at Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale’s office.
But then again it’s not every day that Ipswich’s arts and music community comes together to donate nearly $25,000 to the Ipswich Flood Appeal.
The money was raised by two events held on the same day in February.
Floodstock, held at the Squealing Pig Hotel back car park, featured Ipswich bands and pulled in 500 punters, raising about $19,000.
The SWICH Contemporary Art Space in the CBD raised $5720 for the appeal after auctioning artworks donated by artists from south-east Queensland.
Karen Beckett, an organiser of Floodstock, said she didn’t expect to be handing over such a large cheque when the idea of Floodstock was first mooted.
“The support we had from the community was amazing – the volunteers, the venue, local businesses – just everyone worked so hard to make it happen.”
The SWICH Contemporary Art Space’s Gilbert Burgh said both fundraisers showed Ipswich had a vibrant art scene that was well supported by the community.
Cr Pisasale said he was impressed with the fundraising effort and thanked the arts community and Ipswich youth for backing the fundraisers.