Rockin? at Bluesfest for a good cause
By JAMIE BROWN
BLUESFEST organiser Peter Noble enjoys returning a bit of the love that surrounds his world-recognised music festival.
And this year the Bluesfest's major charity ? Cystic Fibrosis Australia ? is relying on the good vibes of festival-goers to donate to the good cause.
But there is a catch: If you buy a raffle ticket you might win a legend Gibson ES-335 electric guitar valued at $7500, or pick up an Epiphone Les Paul electric or acoustic guitar during the big draw on the Monday night.
And all of them will be signed by the major acts coming to Byron Bay this Easter!
According to Cystic Fibrosis volunteers Alan and Jenny Tunks, the Bluesfest has helped raise more than $80,000 for re- search into disease prevention during its 17 years as a Byron icon.
This year the Tunks hope goodwill and generosity will push the total money raised to more than $100,000.
"Cystic fibrosis presents challenges for anyone associated with this genetic disease," he said. "And there is no cure."
Mr Tunks said it would be wonderful if the money raised at this year's Bluesfest could help find that cure, and save the agony experienced by every child born with the disease.
He said people could also help by becoming a registered organ donor.
As an example of the success that organ transplants achieve, this year, helping to staff the raffle booth at the 'fest, will be a double-lung transplant patient whose quality of life has sky- rocketed.