Light on fund-raising gig

Dirty Soul gets the crowd pumping. 171022

Organisers estimate the Light of Day Australia Winter Gigs raised in excess of $18,000.
The Winter Gigs were held in Ocean Grove on 21 and 22 July.
The fourth annual Winter Gigs sold out in some of the four venues that hosted live music on Friday and Saturday night.
Among more than 20 musicians and bands who donated their time to perform at the shows were Michael Spiby of the Badloves, Jimi Hocking, Mike Rudd of Spectrum, Julia Walter, Dream Boogie, Mark Lang and Dirty Soul.
Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll also made surprise appearances sharing the stage with Andrea Robertson, and Steve McEwan and the Yes Men.
The Winter Gigs also added a Songwriters Circle at the Uniting Church on the Sunday, making the event a three-day five-venue festival that focuses on raising awareness and funds to fight Parkinson’s disease.
Organising committee chairman Richard Grimmett said the Light of Day Winter Gigs were a successful music festivals that also strengthened its links to Parkinson’s support groups who met amid the weekend’s activities.
Among the guests at the event was Emma Collins, CEO Parkinson’s Victoria, and Clyde Campbell, founder of the Sydney-based Shake it Up Foundation, one of the two recipients of Light of Day Australia funds.
A further event was held at the Grove Pavilion on Sunday where pre-eminent Melbourne University Parkinson’s researcher Professor David Finkelstein of was a guest speaker.
The organisers would like to thank all the musicians for donating their time, the venues – the Piping Hot Chicken Shop and Burger Grill, the Driftwood Cafe, Olive Pit and Maggies Bar as well as the Uniting Church.
The organisers are also grateful to the volunteers and to the community who came out to support as well as the sponsors that included Kingston Ocean Grove, Ocean Grove Real Estate, Ocean Grove Connected Communities, Banks Road Vineyard, Barwon Grove Holiday Rentals, Bellarine Memories, Creative Force, Greg Sly Optometry, KYO, Ocean Breeze Dental, Paxton Press, Southern Bay Brew Co, Top Cat Signs and Designs, Menheere Bros, Book Grove and Fix‘N’Chips.