No room at the Inn concert

THE Perch Creek Family Jug Band are coming down from the hills to star at this year’s No Room at the Inn gala charity concert at the Lismore Showground.

The quirky folk troupe will be joined by local crowd favourites Black Train, the Lismore Concert Band and a host of others to raise money for the underprivileged of the region. All artists are donating their time.

“The Perch Creek Family Jug Band think No Room at the Inn is a great cause,” keyboard player Camilla Hodgkins says.

“We are happy to be giving something back to those in need this Christmas. We hope to see everyone there.”

No Room at the Inn, 2008, raised more than $6000 to help build a homeless shelter in Lismore.

Now that a facility has been secured at the Winsome Hotel, money raised from this year’s concert will go towards funding services to help the needy.

And it’s just in time for Lismore Regional Mission of the Uniting Church, which helps hundreds every year with basic needs such as food, emergency accommodation and bus tickets

“The Lismore Regional Mission of the Uniting Church ran out of funding to assist people in need about three months ago,” administrative pastoral support assistant Evelyn Daley says.

“We have had to turn people away. This has been the longest dry spell we have had with donations. I think this reflects the current economic climate, with so many people losing their jobs.”

No Room at the Inn is on Monday 21 December at Lismore Showgrounds. Neil Marks from 2LM will compere the event and Santa will drop in to hand out free ice-cream to children. Tickets are adults $5, family $10 and will be available at the gate. Gates open at 6pm. The concert kicks off at 7pm.

Other performers include Dennis ‘Dingo’ Dryden, Ron Law and John Kelly.



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