Acrobats, clowns, Viking warriors raise funds for Our House
OUR House is putting on its first ever fundraising variety concert at the Lismore Workers Club this Sunday complete with acrobats, belly dancers and Viking warriors.
Lismore Base Hospital cancer liaison nurse Mark Nash was inspired to organise the fundraiser to help local families in need of subsidised accommodation at Our House.
The State Government provides a subsidy for families who live more than 100km from Lismore to use the cancer support accommodation centre, but not for those who live any closer.
Our House's rates are very generous, but not everyone can afford to pay.
With some people staying up to eight weeks for their daily chemotherapy sessions, it can be a huge impost.
So a lot of people rely on Our House's special hardship fund to make sure their accommodation is free.
Mr Nash said at least two rooms are used by hardship fund recipients every night of the week,
The variety show will add precious funds to the hardship fund, so more people with limited means can secure a subsidised room.
Mr Nash said the hardship fund's health was critical for those who were struggling to cope with sudden health shocks.
"We feel they're already having a hard time physically and emotionally, so we don't want to burden them any more," he said.
"Many people are elderly and on a pension, so they're already stretched."
Mr Nash and Our House fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said in an ideal world the subsidies might extend to those living as close as 30km away with the public transport system being so lacking.
But that was unlikely to happen, so community fundraising was the best way forward.
"We have a great local line up to entertain all who come," Mr Nash said.
"It will certainly be a smorgasbord of talent."
OUR HOUSE VARIETY SHOW
Where: Lismore Workers Club
When: Sunday, September 21, doors open 12.30pm
Tickets: Adults $16.50; Children $6.50; families of 3-6: $42.50. Can be bought online or at the door.
Performers: Ballet, belly, tango and salsa dancers, fire twirlers, piano players, singers, a harpist, acrobats, a choir, bands and more.
Auction items include: Honda hedge cutter; Ipad; Mop Steamer, Byron Bay skydiving 2 tandem skydives, a GSAC six-month membership.