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The Rock-itt : May 2011
Sue Clement welcomed everyone in attendance with special mention of the sponsors who had, through their generous donations, covered our costs and enabled us to make the commitment that all money raised on the night would be donated to Bear Cottage. She then gave an overview of the children's hospice. Bear Cottage helps families cope with the impossible - to care for a child who has a life-limiting illness. To care for a child who is unlikely to see their 18th, or their 9th, or sometimes even their first birthday. For the special kids that stay here, there is no happy ending, no miracle cure. This is heartbreaking to think about. But that's only part of the story. Even though the outlook for these kids is a sad one, Bear Cottage is actually one of the most uplifting and inspiring places you could ever visit. Here, children laugh and play. Life is celebrated, lived to its fullest and also fondly remembered. Bear Cottage cost $10 million to build and was entirely funded by the community, they still do not receive any recurrent government funding and so continue to rely on the community for support to pay their annual running costs of $2.5million. Sue finished with a request for everyone to dig deep to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause before inviting the MC of the evening, Mark Lines to introduce the first act. Mark's light hearted introduction of the McCauley's Raiders who have been performing together for over 30years, set the tone for a great night of entertainment. His expertise and humor meant that everything flowed smoothly and happily for the whole night. McCauley's Raiders with Ben McCauley on lead vocals performed four numbers before relinquishing the stage for Mark to introduce JeMelia. Jemma Beech and Amelia Richards, who looked gorgeous in white chiffon mini dresses, are both multi award winning singer/song writers. They have recently joined together to perform as a duo. With Amelia on mandolin and Jemma on guitar they played an acoustic set including several of the numbers from their self-titled EP one of these being an original by Jemma written for her sister -- 'Sisterly Love'. They also sang their first co-written number about themselves 'Little (Amelia) and Loud (Jemma)'. They finished up with 'Sweet Home Alabama' before having to rush of for another function. Mark invited the Raiders back on stage before introducing the next artiste, Ashley Knight. Ashley recently turned from sweet sixteen to striking seventeen and had swapped her usual beautiful sequined or tasselled dress for skin tight black pants and short black jacket. Looking and sounding very much the rock-chick with her electric blue guitar, Ashley invited the Rock a Billy dancers to the floor to perform a demo to her rendition of 'Johnny B. Goode'. She kept the tempo upbeat for several more numbers before slowing it down with 'In the Arms of an Angel'. Ashley got things rocking again with 'Cheater, Cheater' and 'Red Necked Woman' amongst others. Reluctant to let her finish the audience demanded an encore and Ashley obliged with The McClymont's hit 'Let's Kick This up Another Notch'. During the interval 'The raffle with a difference' took place -- instead of placing all tickets sold into one barrel 6 separate draws took place one for each of the coloured books sold with 4 prizes given out in each draw -- for these we thank the following donors: Belrose Bowling Club (12 bottles wine); Bill Pretti,( 2 grocery hampers); Steve Hoskins (Amex Sports Pack); Bear Cottage (sundry items); The Dish restaurant (Dinner for 2); JB Hi- Fi, Belrose (30.00 voucher); John Hassall (presentation bottle Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz); The ABC shop (3 DVD's); John Wooldridge- Review by Sue Clement Photos by Mick Oliver