Leongatha raises $9300 for MS

THE Leongatha community shared their loving support at the MS research fundraiser recently.
Many Leongatha residents are affected by MS and a massive 170 people came along to show their support and help raise some $9300 for MS research.
The fundraiser was held at Leongatha’s Daker’s Centre run by Gigs4Good and was hosted by Vicki Poxon and Nat Challis.
Vicki and Nat have tried to raise money for MS every year but have never organised an event on this scale.
“We had to approach a local person to host the event and I’d like to mention Vicki. She really embraced her role and was very organised,” Australian rock chick and co founder of Gigs4Good Marie Wilson said.
‘Combining live music and fundraising is amazing and it was the best Gigs4Good event so far,” Marie said. “We were blown away by the amount we raised.
Marie has been a well known singer in the past and decided to make a change by making a difference and giving a new element to live music.
Gigs4Good has been around for 12 months and was founded by Marie Wilson, Jo Thompson and Jacki Ames. In that time it has raised almost $40000 for a range of different causes. Leongatha’s MS fundraiser was their first large show and gave excellent results.
“It was a blast,” Marie’s manager, Jo Thompson, said.
The fundraiser brought out the best in people with all ages coming along to dance and many prize donations from local businesses such as Terry White, the RSL and Financial Blueprints. Local AFL footballers Jarryd Roughead and Dyson Heppell made donations as well. $2000 was raised in raffle money alone.
“We are absolutely rapt with the turn out, the generosity and general vibe of all who came along,” Marie said.
Gigs4Good is willing to help all causes including animal welfare and fundraising for hospitals. It is a young company and is hoping to grow by involving more musicians and is happy with the progress it has made.

Group effort: Leongatha is full of support for the MS research foundation.

Group effort: Leongatha is full of support for the MS research foundation.

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