INVERLOCH’S own summer festival will be supporting research into a rare medical condition.
Inverloch Sounds of Summer music festival will support Scleroderma Victoria as the festival’s charity for 2017, event organiser Kate Adkins of Events by Kate announced last week.
“We have teamed up with Inverloch’s Ann-Maree Heppell who is a Sunflower Hero for the organisation, as well as her son (and Essendon Football Club captain) Dyson Heppell, to help raise funds and awareness for the disease,” Kate said.
“As the festival has a strong local focus, we would like to continue this by supporting Ann-Maree and her family on their quest to help raise funds and awareness for scleroderma.”
In addition to the festival pledging a donation to the Scleroderma Victoria, the Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank will run a photo booth at this year’s event for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to Scleroderma Australia.
Scleroderma results in the hardening of the skin and affects nearly any internal organ with the same scar tissue. As a result life can be a battle, mobility is reduced, breathing restricted, enjoying a meal difficult.
Ann-Maree said she and fellow local scleroderma campaigners Corrie Hemming and Rae Stallard are proud of the community’s support and particularly from Sounds of Summer.
“The support we receive will continue to create more awareness of the severity of scleroderma and the fact that we so desperately need funds for research to find a cure,” Ann-Maree said.
“The Sounds of Summer event is a terrific family day and I encourage anyone who can to come along.”
A scleroderma support group has been established in South Gippsland. For information, contact Corrie on 0400 331 829.
Inverloch Sounds of Summer will be held at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve on Friday, December 29, 2017.
Performers confirmed so far include Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool fame, Glenn Sharrock of Little River Band and the multi-talented Wendy Matthews.
They will play alongside talented locals Bed of Embers and Mat Morgan. Hear Famous Will, a renowned artist on the festival circuit and the African reggae band Sol Nation.
Festival-goers will be treated to superb local food and wine. Families will enjoy the Sounds of Summer Adventure Park, with entertainment for children.
Tickets sales are going well and thanks to the major supporter, Inverloch and District Community Bank, tickets can now be purchased at the branch in William Street as of today, Tuesday, August 1.
People are able to contact Kate on 0419 599 309 for more information about the Sounds of Summer advertising packages.
Marquees are available on the day of the festival and almost half of these are already gone. If you are interested in booking a marquee for the day, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.