TWEED and southern Gold Coast residents again opened their hearts to the tune of more than $50,000 to help victims of the Ausian tsunami disaster.
A capacity house of more than 1400 music lovers at the Seagulls club yesterday showed yet again how much the people are feeling for those affected by the catastrophe.
Prior to the concert, Tweed mayor Warren Polglase said the concert at the West Tweed club by the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra was well on the way to achieving a $50,000 fund-raising target from the special show. It did better.
Speaking before he announced a $5000 donation from Tweed Shire Council to add to more than $25,000 raised in concert ticket sales, Cr Polglase paid tribute to the generosity of the orchestra players, who performed for free, and to Seagulls for donating the venue.
"We are very fortunate to have the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra and Seagulls in the Tweed and today's turnout demonstrates the enormous community spirit we also have," the mayor said.
Rory Curtis of The Good Guys donated $4760 at the concert, representing a proportion of turnover from sales days last week.
As well, proceeds from program sales and a raffle went towards the tsunami appeal, while many of the concert goers, including other local business people, also made donations.
NRSO artistic director Barry Singh said yesterday's crowd was the biggest the orchestra had ever entertained and not a single musician had refused his request to cut short annual holidays for the show.
"We've never had a concert in January, but everyone feels they want to do something, it is inspiring," Mr Singh said.