Shake, rattle and roll to aid charity groups
HORACE BEVAN reckons you can't save the world, but you can make sure the guy next door has a sausage sandwich.
When Mr Bevan of Lennox Head decided to help vulnerable people in the community he asked for support.
Twenty musicians, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismore MP Thomas George all said yes to 'Horrie' and his plan to stage a concert to benefit the Soup Kitchen and the Mental Health Support Group.
It was when Mr Bevan hit rock bottom himself that he decided he wanted to make a difference.
A year and a half ago all Mr Bevan had to his name was a guitar pick.
He had led an alcohol and drug fuelled rock and roll life style with his band, Bourbon Street, for many years and he had reached a low point.
“I felt like I didn't have a buddy, I had no dog, no girl, no job,” he said.
It was his mate, Doug Pegg who told him to start playing music again.
So Mr Bevan picked up the guitar and wrote In Good Company and recorded the album at Old Dog Studios in Corndale
Coordinator of the Mental Health Support Group, Barbara Swain, is thrilled about the benefit concert for the volunteer organisation that operates from her home in Alstonville.
“People feel isolated when they have a mental illness and it's nice for them to know their community cares,” she said.
Ms Swain's own experiences are the driving force for her work too.
“My son suffered severe depression and took his own life when he was 30,” she said.
“He taught me how to be compassionate.”
Mr Bevan and his supporters want the concert In Good Company at the Star Court Theatre on November 12, to remind people to show compassion, and it is especially timely in the run-up to Christmas, Mr Bevan said.
Thomas George MP and Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell have applauded Mr Bevan's initiative.
Concert tickets, including a copy of the CD cost $50. Contact Ticketek or Palings Lifestyle on 6621 5596 for bookings. All proceeds including CD sales go to Lismore Soup Kitchen and the Mental Health Support Group.