Bonni Elliott and Tyson Laws of the Inspire Youth Performing Arts Lismore entertain the crowd at In Good Company.
Bonni Elliott and Tyson Laws of the Inspire Youth Performing Arts Lismore entertain the crowd at In Good Company. Jay Cronan

Good times at In Good Company

THE rain may have deterred some attendees but it didn't stop the kind donations and good times had by those at the In Good Company fundraiser on Saturday.

The open-air music event at Lismore Turf Club saw local families, businesses and corporate groups come together to raise money for mental health and homelessness in the Lismore area.

A string of musical acts and entertainers including fire twirlers and medieval fighters kept the crowd entertained throughout Saturday afternoon.

Event organiser Geoff Payne said the event was run a little differently this year.

"We went for a different angle this year and invited businesses and corporations to come and enjoy a meal as part of their Christmas party," he said.

About 90 people booked in for dinner.

Mr Payne said they received $5,500 in donations from businesses in Lismore and Ballina.

Despite the serious underlying cause, Mr Payne said In Good Company wanted to create a celebration for the whole of Lismore to get behind.

"We believe (homelessness and mental health) is a real issue in this area and we have places like the soup kitchen and mental health groups," he said.

"We want to help this area and create something bigger. Charity starts at home."

Lismore mother Callie Devine said the event provided an economical avenue to have a family day out.

"It is really good for the kids," she said.

"They can run around and it's safe.

"All my kids are under 12 years old so it is perfect family day out as I can't usually afford to take them out."



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