Nambucca Country Music Club boosts hospital

Mark Tyler of the hospital with Country Music Club members June Edmondson, president John Gibson and June Pettiford
Mark Tyler of the hospital with Country Music Club members June Edmondson, president John Gibson and June Pettiford

NAMBUCCA Valley Country Music Club has donated $3000 – the proceeds from its highly successful Easter concert - to Macksville District Hospital.

Club president and life member John Gibson presented the generous gift to the hospital’s deputy director of nursing, Mark Tyler, who said he and his colleagues were humbled by the group’s ongoing support.

“Every year, for a number of years now, the Nambucca Valley Country Music Club asks us how they can help Macksville Hospital and then set about organising their annual Easter concert with the intention of not only hosting a marvellous community event, but also helping fellow Nambucca Valley residents who need our care,” Mr Tyler said.

“We are very thankful for their support, which helps us to purchase medical equipment and improve patient amenity.

“We know these types of events take a lot of organisation and commitment, so our thanks extend beyond this wonderful donation to every member who works hard throughout the year to ensure the Easter concert is the success that it is.”

Mr Gibson said the club, which is celebrating its 21st birthday, had made the decision several years ago to keep its donations local, and the members had agreed to support the public hospital.

“We work all year through our 100 Club at the Nambucca Bowling Club and our raffles to raise enough money to host the Easter Country Music Concert,” Mr Gibson said.

“Every cent raised at the concert then goes to the hospital.

“It’s important to our members because we all know how much the hospital means to the local community.

“I would like to acknowledge the work and support of our committee in organising and running the Easter concert because they all worked hard.”

The concert this year attracted performers from throughout the State, including three from the capital of country music – Tamworth, and double Golden Guitar winner Amos Morris of Kempsey. 

Locals wanting to enjoy live country music are invited to the club’s jam sessions, held on the last Sunday of every month at the Nambucca Bowling Club.